10 years ago on Nov. 8, 2007, Robert Maxwell spoke to the Rotary Club of Bend High Desert in honor of Veteran's Day.  Maxwell, who lives in Bend, Oregon is the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor and on that day he told the club about the selfless act that earned him the Medal.  At the completion of his presentation, he received a standing ovation from the club and Past District Governor Walt Schloer honored him by presenting him with a Paul Harris Fellowship and the club bestowed an honorary membership on him.  On this year's Veteran's Day, we are proud to share Robert's official Medal of Honor citation and very proud that he is an Honorary member of our Rotary club.

 "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 7 September 1944, near Besancon, France. Technician 5th Grade Maxwell and 3 other soldiers, armed only with .45 caliber automatic pistols, defended the battalion observation post against an overwhelming onslaught by enemy infantrymen in approximately platoon strength, supported by 20mm. flak and machinegun fire, who had infiltrated through the battalion's forward companies and were attacking the observation post with a machine gun, machine pistol, and grenade fire at ranges as close as 10 yards. Despite a hail of fire from automatic weapons and grenade launchers, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell aggressively fought off advancing enemy elements and, by his calmness, tenacity, and fortitude, inspired his fellows to continue the unequal struggle. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell unhesitatingly hurled himself squarely upon it, using his blanket and his unprotected body to absorb the full force of the explosion. This act of instantaneous heroism permanently maimed Technician 5th Grade Maxwell, but saved the lives of his comrades in arms and facilitated maintenance of vital military communications during the temporary withdrawal of the battalion's forward headquarters"