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Bend VA Clinic renamed in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Bob Maxwell

President Trump signed bill making the change two weeks ago

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed legislation to change the name of Bend's VA clinic to the Robert D. Maxwell VA Clinic, in honor of the Bend man who was the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient when he passed away last year.

On what would have been Maxwell's 100th birthday, family, friends and fellow veterans were on hand Monday to celebrate Maxwell's legacy and the unveiling of the new name.

“I hope that it represents to them (his family) the nation's gratitude for his service," Darwin Goodspeed the director of VA Portland Health Care System said. "I know certainly for the veterans who use this clinic, it speaks volumes to them that the clinic represents someone in their community who was such a national hero and national treasure.”

It's only the second VA clinic under the Portland VA health system's umbrella to be renamed in honor of a veteran.

“Today, we celebrate not only his 100th birthday, but a lifetime of service and dedication with the birth of a legacy," fellow Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry said. "I am proud of the recognition of this clinic in his name.”

Bob's friend and fellow Medal of Honor recipient James Taylor also was at the ceremony. The two met more than 50 years ago.

“He was 48 and I was 31," Taylor said. "So that’s a long friendship.”

Taylor told NewsChannel 21 that the honor of having a VA clinic named after you is "wonderful."

“It’s wonderful for him and his family and his grandkids and great-grandkids," Taylor said. "Knowing that their father, grandfather was such a wonderful man, not only as an individual but a patriot and he loves his god and loves his country.”

The clinic will be unveiling a new sign with the new name later this year.

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  1. Absolutely awesome.
    This was a bipartisan effort, by the way, and an example of what can happen when both sides of the aisle come together.
    It’s not often Merkley, Walden and Wyden set their differences aside. My hats off to them for helping get this done, and for Trump continuing to support our heroes.

  2. It was great to see MSG Leroy Petry, recipient, Medal of Honor and close friend of Bob Maxwell’s, at the ceremony as an invited guest by the Maxwell family.

  3. Agreed… I have to admit that I was very unhappy when they decided not to name the
    new school after him, but naming the VA Clinic after him is a good fit.
    Mr. Maxwell was an incredible man, and just like a lot of other great men from his generation, he needs to be remembered…

  4. It was a pleasure to have known Bob Maxwell who I met around 2000. I still have the videotaped interview I took when my grade school aged granddaughter interviewed Bob at his home for her year long veterans speak project. Priceless. Bob often spoke of his deep, Christian faith and his late wife, Beatrice. Forever in our hearts!

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