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John A. Bobo Military Commendations

Identifier: MC 1852

Scope and Content Note

Materials include military commendation certificates.


  • Creation: 1914-1919


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

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No Interlibrary Loan.

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Biographical Note

John Allen Bobo was born May 10, 1896, to James E. and Lulu Bobo, in Bonanza, Sebastian County, Arkansas, the second oldest child of five. Bob served in World War I, became Sergeant and led Company E of the 16th Infantry Regiment, United States Army. Sgt. Bobo was well-known for his act of heroism and extraordinary leadership. On July 18-19, 1918, in Soissons, France, Bobo led his company deep into dangerous enemy territory; he personally took out a machine gun nest and commandeered the gun. Later in action he led two squads, successfully completing his operation by capturing two officers, 125 men, and twelve machine guns. Bobo was killed in action on July 18, 1918, at Chateau Theirry, shortly after his heroic mission. He was posthumously awarded The Distinguished Service Cross & The Victory Medal by the United States Army.

Bobo was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Bonanza. The funeral was recorded as one of the largest funeral services ever held in the town.


2.75 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The John A. Bobo Military Commendations were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordan Frankenburger; completed in April 2010.

John A. Bobo Military Commendations
Jordan Frankenburger
April 2010
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

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