Robert Dale Maxwell Jr.-Terrebonne, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 44° 20.910 W 121° 08.988
10T E 647467 N 4912245
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action near Besancon, France on September 7, 1944. He is buried in Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery, Terrebonne, OR in Block 1, Lot 85E.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2019 3:02:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM10YJY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 3

Long Description:
He was born on October 26, 1920 in Boise, ID and died on May 11, 2019 in Bend, OR. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: MAXWELL, ROBERT D.
• Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
• Place and date: Near Besancon, France, 7 September 1944
• Entered service at: Larimer County, Colo.
• G.O. No.: 24, 6 April 1945
Citation: 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 machine gun fire, who had infiltrated through the battalion's forward companies and were attacking the observation post with machinegun, 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.

The photo of his grave marker was taken by Chuck and posted on Findagrave.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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