Robert Dale Maxwell — The Face of Memorial Day

Robert Dale Maxwell, raised a Quaker, refused Conscientious Objector classification when drafted for service in WWII. He eventually was classified as a non-combatant. He threw himself on an enemy grenade to save the members of his platoon. He survived and received the Congressional Medal of Honor two months before I was born. After the war, he went home to Oregon, graduated from high school and started a technical auto repair program at the community college level. Robert Maxwell died this month at the age of 98. He was known for his humility. He is the face of Memorial Day today for me. The link is to the Maxwell Veteran Center at Lane Community College where Mr. Maxwell taught for many years: When at the site, scroll down for a short bio of Mr. Maxwell.

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