Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden statement on Bob Maxwell

May 13, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden statement on Bob Maxwell

Greg Walden presents Bob Maxwell with American flag flown over U.S. Capitol to honor Maxwell’s 97th birthday in 2017 in Bend.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on the passing of Robert (Bob) Maxwell:

“Bob Maxwell represented the best of what Oregon and America have to offer. The gallantry of America’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient was well known -- throwing his unprotected body on a German hand grenade to protect his comrades in WWII earned Bob Maxwell the highest military honor, his second Silver Star, a second Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star. For those who had the pleasure of knowing Bob, they know that his bravery and heroism were only matched by his kindness, warmth, and sense of humor. I was honored to call Bob Maxwell a friend. Bob’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he interacted with and will forever be cherished in the country that he sacrificed so much to protect. To the entire Maxwell family: Mylene and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers during this difficult time. To Bob Maxwell: thank you for your friendship, and for your service to the United States on my behalf and on behalf of all Americans.”