Robert Dale “Bob” Maxwell, Jr

Robert Dale “Bob” Maxwell, Jr

Birth
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Death 11 May 2019 (aged 98)
Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon, USA
Burial Terrebonne, Deschutes County, Oregon, USA
Plot Block 1, Lot 85E
Memorial ID 199112995 · View Source
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Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a United States Army combat soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his heroism in France during World War II. He was drafted into the United States Army and entered service from Larimer County, Colorado, in June 1941. He was offered and refused "conscientious objector" status by the army for being a Quaker. He received basic training at Camp Roberts, California and training in advanced infantry tactics at Camp Meade in Maryland. In February 1942, Maxwell was sent overseas and landed in North Africa at Casablanca with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was assigned to Headquarters Company as a battalion "wire man"; he carried a heavy roll of cable and was tasked with stringing phone lines to the command post. He began the war armed with a M1 Garand rifle, but was later reclassified as a non-combatant and carried only a .45 caliber pistol. After participating in the North African Campaign with his unit, Maxwell took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943, marching to Palermo, and on to Messina. The 7th Infantry then landed at Salerno in September shortly after the Allied invasion of mainland Italy and fought northwards to an area near Cassino. During the early stages of the subsequent Battle of Anzio in January 1944, Private First Class Maxwell repaired damaged wire lines to maintain communication on January 31 under intense artillery fire for over three hours and was wounded in the leg. For his actions under fire that day, he was awarded the Silver Star. He spent the next few months recovering at a hospital in Naples. Maxwell rejoined his unit in time for the invasion of southern France (Operation Dragoon) in August 1944 and the following advance inland. On September 7, near Besançon in eastern France, Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Maxwell, while under enemy fire, risked his life in order to protect the lives of other soldiers around from an enemy hand grenade. He survived his wounds from the grenade blast and was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 6, 1945, which was presented to him by Major General Clarence Danielson at the Camp Carson Convalescent Hospital in Colorado on May 12. He also received an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver Star, which was awarded for an earlier action on September 7, 1944. Additionally, he received the Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre, and French Legion d'honneur.

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  • Added: 13 May 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 199112995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Dale “Bob” Maxwell, Jr (26 Oct 1920–11 May 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 199112995, citing Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery, Terrebonne, Deschutes County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .