John W. Jobe was born in California, Missouri., on January 14, 1900. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on November 27, 1916, when only 16 years old. The young soldier went on to serve with Company H of the 4th Infantry and Company H of the 58th Infantry. In September 1917, Jobe was assigned to Company I of the 308th Infantry, with whom he deployed to France, leaving aboard the "Justicia" on April 7, 1918.
The 18-year-old sergeant was killed in action on September 5, 1918. His body was returned to the United States and was laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery in his hometown of California. The Jobe-Elliott American Legion Post 17 in California is co-named in honor of the late Sergeant John Jobe.
Jeremy P. Amick is a military historian and author dedicated to preserving our nation's military legacies.