Nation’s Oldest Medal of Honor Winner Dies at 98

Rare | 5/14/2019 | Associated Press
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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.

Maxwell died Saturday in Bend, The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reported.

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The death was confirmed Monday by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, who said Maxwell represented the “best of what Oregon and America have to offer.”

Maxwell earned the nation’s highest military honor while fighting in Besancon, France, on Sept. 7, 1944, the newspaper reported. The bomb severely injured him, but the blanket saved his life by absorbing some of the impact.

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He was also awarded 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 service in World War II.

Maxwell had been the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, which is bestowed for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.”

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