first published on May 14, 2019 by Will
The oldest Medal Of Honor recipient, WWII hero Bob Maxwell, passed away on Saturday in Bend, Oregon at age 98.
Maxwell was also the recipient of two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and two French combat awards; the French Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’Honneur for his incredible service in the European theater.
Maxwell earned the nation’s highest honor on Sept. 7, 1944, in Besancon, France. Engaged in close, heavy fighting a German soldier threw a grenade into his position. Without hesitation, Maxwell grabbed a blanket and jumped onto the grenade. Although severely wounded, his actions saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.
The passing of Bob Maxwell is an incredible loss, but we should not mourn, rather we should celebrate that such an incredible man lived.