BiographyCobert, Joseph b. February 18 (14), 1914, NYC; Polish American?; Father Samuel Cobert (1883-1967), mother Ida Heneritta Walzer (1882-1967), both immigrants from Galicia; Education 1 year High School; 1 ½ years US Navy, Norfolk, VA, Seaman 2nd Class, Medical work; Single (Married Celia Kraft after his return from Spain in 1937); Farmer, Laborer, and Clerk; YCL 1935, CP 1937, I. W. O.; Received Passport# 355916 on December 5, 1936 which listed his address as Kraft Farm, Toms River, New Jersey; Sailed December 26, 1936 aboard the Normandie; Arrived in Spain on January 2 (6), 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN; WIA in the hand February 24, 1937, in the trenches at Jarama; In hospital de Sangre, Munovar, and Alicante; Back for Brunete; Repatriated for political reasons; Arrived in the US on September 30, 1937 aboard the Normandie; Back to Spain on May 30, 1938; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 1, Section 1, Group 2, Group Commissar, Armorer; Repatriated; One of seven veterans who returned to Spain via Massanet on June 7, 1938; Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 2; Rank Soldado; Served at Jarama, Brunete, and the Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Army, enlisted February 23, 1943; d. January 1, 1992 (December 28, 1991).
Siblings: brother Louis (1905-1969) and sister Natalie (1907-?).
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Americans; Cadre; Figueres List; Lincoln; Pay; Voros-Jarama; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll 20, List of American Comrades that have been Repatriated as per October 15 1937; Opis 6, Delo 874; ll. 21-29; L-W Tree Ancestry L-W Tree. Code A
Photograph: Joseph Cobert in Spain. RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 874, ll. 21.