Oldest Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98 in Oregon

  • FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, Bob Maxwell, the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, listens during an unveiling ceremony for the Oregon Medal of Honor Highway sign on U.S. Highway 20, northwest of Bend, Ore. World War II veteran Maxwell has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98. Maxwell died Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Bend. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, said Maxwell represented the “best of what Oregon and America have to offer.” (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP, File)

  • In a Dec. 16, 2017 photo, Robert “Bob” Maxwell, 97, America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, places a wreath in front of the U.S. Army flag while taking part in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Bend, Oregon. Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, died Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Bend, Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98. (Ryan Brennecke/The Bulletin via AP)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, Medal of Honor recipient Bob Maxwell, center, salutes at a ceremony at Bend High School in Bend, Ore., where he received a commemorative set of postage stamps honoring the few surviving Medal of Honor recipients from World War II. Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98. Maxwell died Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Bend, Ore. (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin via AP, File)

BEND, Ore. — World War II veteran Bob Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98.

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