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Salem, OR—Today, Secretary of State Bev Clarno issued the following statement on the news of the passing of Bob Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient.

“It was an honor to know Bob and count him as a friend. He was a true American hero who served his country and community valiantly. He will be greatly missed.”

Bob Maxwell served during World War II and was awarded the Medal of Honor, Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’honneur for his service during the war. He was a longtime Bend auto shop teacher and served as director of the Bend Heroes Foundation, helping to build veterans memorials throughout Oregon.