Lawmakers look to honor vet with renaming

Congressional lawmakers from Oregon want to name the Veterans Administration clinic in Bend after a World War II Army combat veteran who threw himself onto a grenade in France to save three fellow soldiers.

Robert Maxwell, who died in May 2019 at the age of 98, received the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and many other awards for his valor that fateful day Sept. 7, 1942, when he and three others defended an observation post from enemy attack. When an enemy tossed a hand grenade among the squad, he threw a blanket and his body on the ammunition to absorb the explosion and protect the other men. Continue reading