As a longtime resident of Bend and member of the Band of Brothers, Bob Maxwell was the oldest of all of the Medal of Honor recipients still living in the U.S. Central Oregon Daily has learned that Maxwell passed away Saturday night in Bend at the age of 98.
Maxwell was in the Army during World War Two, and was stationed in southern France, when a hand grenade landed in the middle of his fellow soldiers, and Maxwell leaped on the grenade to save the other soliders. Maxwell was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day, and until he died on Saturday, Maxwell was the only living Medal of Honor recipient in Oregon.
One of the Maxwell’s closest friends and fellow member of the Bend Band of Brothers, Lyle Hicks, told Central Oregon Daily on Sunday that he had coffee with Bob every morning and “you just don’t get a chance to meet many people like Bob in your life”.
Today Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with some of the men who knew Maxwell best and this morning’s meeting of the Band of Brothers.