PHENIX CITY, AL – Colonel Retired Robert B. Cobb, 89, of Phenix City died December 7 at St. Francis Hospital. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Main Post Cemetery, Ft. Benning, Ga., according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Phenix City. Mr. Cobb was born August 20, 1915 in Boise, Idaho, the son of the late Julia Catherine Mills Cobb and Edsall V. Cobb. He was a veteran of WWII, Korean and Vietnam. He was raised near Spokane, Wash. and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1940. Mr. Cobb immediately entered the army after graduation and commanded Combat Infantry Battalions in North Africa, Sicily and Europe. His WWII decorations include, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, Bronze Stars, Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation, “The Most Decorated Soldier in the 87th Infantry Division”. Mr. Cobb was also inducted into the University of Idaho “Alumni Hall of Fame”. He had lived in the Columbus and Phenix City area for 32 years and was married to Kathleen Eiland Cobb of Phenix City who died in 1982. Survivors include two sons, James E. Cobb of Columbus and Robert B. Cobb, Jr. M.D. of Arizona; a daughter, Karen Cobb Perkins of Basye, Va.; four grandchildren.
Robert served as commander of the 1st Battalion, 347th Infantry Regiment.