BEND, Ore. (AP) — At age 90, a central Oregon man now has a high school diploma to go with the Medal of Honor he earned for heroism in World War II.
Bob Maxwell received a Bend High School diploma last weekend, honoring his status as a highly decorated veteran.
Born in Boise, Idaho, Maxwell says he left school after seventh grade to work on his family’s Kansas farm during the Depression.
The Bend Bulletin reports that while fighting in France in 1944, Maxwell threw his body on a hand grenade to shield his fellow soldiers.
After the war, he earned his GED and did some teaching in Oregon.
Maxwell calls the high school diploma “a great honor.”