John J. Hobson was born on April 12, 1926 to Robert and Mary Hobson who then lived in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The family later moved to Devon, Pennsylvania. John was one of eight children
John was a member of the Berwyn Boys Club, and attended Tredyffrin-Easttown high school, but left before graduation to help support his family. He worked for the Benjamin C. Betner Company in Devon. The company made paper bags for 65 years until it closed in the early 1990’s.
John entered the Army on August 16, 1944. After training, he was sent overseas to the European Theater of Operations in late December, 1944. He was assigned to the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. The relatively inexperienced 99th Division pulled back and then held their new line against the advancing Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and aftermath; it was during the recovery from the German bulge that John lost his life.
Private John J. Hobson was Killed In Action on February 8, 1945 in Germany. John is buried at theNetherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands.