Medal of Honor Recipient Gets Diploma at 90


Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Decades After His Medal of Honor, a H.S. Diploma
Decorated Veteran Bob Maxwell Walked With Bend HS Class


BEND, Ore. — He’s the most highly decorated veteran in Oregon, but on Saturday,, 90-year-old Bob Maxwell got an honor he’s waited more than 70 years for.

On Saturday afternoon, Oregon’s only living Medal of Honor recipient graduated with Bend Senior High School’s Class of 2011.

At 15, he wasn’t tromping down school hallways. In fact, he wasn’t in school at all. After seventh grade, Maxwell was taken out of school to work on his family’s farm in Kansas, during the Great Depression.

“It was just accepted in those days,” Maxwell said Friday. “When a boy was old enough to do a man’s work, that’s what he did.”

But don’t call him a dropout.

Maxwell’s education didn’t stop when he left school. He got his GED, even taught at Bend High back in the ’50s.

One lesson the Medal of Honor recipient continues to teach every day — modesty. He was awarded the medal of honor after he threw himself on a live grenade in France, saving the rest of his platoon from certain death.

“For him to consider walking with Bend High School as a great honor — wow, we’re the one honored,” said BHS Principal H.D. Wedell. “Yet, because of his humility, he feels honored.”

Honored, but not quite sure he deserved to toss his cap with the rest of the 2011 graduates.

“In some ways, I feel like it’s a diploma that I haven’t earned,” Maxwell said. “But then I look back over the 73 years behind me, and I guess I have accumulated enough knowledge and skills to say that I’ve earned it.”

A man with heroic accomplishments, yet still so humble. It’s Maxwell’s selflessness that allows his soon-to-be fellow graduates to chase the American dream.

“They can do that, because of the things that Bob has done,” said Wedell. “He’s laid his life down, so that our kids can be part of that.”

But will there be room in Oregon’s most decorated war veteran’s home for his most recent award?

“I’m hoping to find a space on the wall to hang it up,” said Maxwell. “It’s a great honor.”


We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleMullen Discusses Afghanistan, Iraq, ‘Don’t Ask’ on Letterman
Next articleU.S. Department of Defense Contract Awards for Jun 14, 2011