Medal of Honor: Robert Maxwell (A Moment of Valor)

Medal of Honor: Robert Maxwell (A Moment of Valor)


NARRATOR:
The Medal Of Honor is the highest award given by our
country for acts of heroism and valor
in combat. This is the story of one hero. When Pearl Harbor happened and
other people around me were going to war, I felt that it was not only my duty, but my
privilege to serve the country. NARRATOR:
Technician, Robert Maxwell, found himself thrust into the heat of combat
on September 7, 1944… in the small border town
of Besancon, France. The Germans had apparently
infiltrated surrounding the command post, and it was in
danger of being captured. Several grenades had been thrown
against the wire and they bounced off and landed outside
the courtyard. But one of them must’ve come
through a hole in the fence. And realizing the time was up,
and all I could do was just grab my blanket and shove it up in my
chest and drop on it. [explosion] The grenade had taken off quite
a portion of my in-step, just ahead of my right heel. And of course, my left arm bicep
muscle was torn out and left eye was — left temple was hit to about a
quarter inch from my eye. I got up on my feet and
staggered over to the door. There was Lieutenant Johnson
taking the wire off the bone, so I draped an arm over his shoulder and bled all over him
and we left. NARRATOR:
Maxwell’s decisive action saved the lives of his comrades, keeping allied communications
open during the temporary withdrawal of the battalion’s
forward headquarters. Paul Harvey says there are two
things in America that represents peace. And one is the cross of Christ;
and the other is the Congressional Medal Of Honor. Christ gave his life to save the
world, and in a way we’re giving our lives to gain freedom for
the world. Not particularly for America,
but for all countries. NARRATOR:
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