John Mohamed Mondo
Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo
John Mohamed Mondo (or Mando) served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.
Story of Service
John Mohamed Mondo (or Mando) was born in the late 1890s in Calcutta, British India or Punjab, East India to Mohamed Noor.
At the age of 21, John immigrated to Laredo, Texas from Mexico on July 9, 1909 or 1910. His Border Crossing Card recorded his race as East Indian, as a polygamist, and birth place as Calcutta, India.
By 1917 John Mohamed settled in California and worked as a laborer. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Caucasian and his place birth as Punjab, East India.
The dates and unit(s} of his service are unknown. Two photographs with unknown dates show him in a U.S. Army uniform.
After the war, he returned to California and continued to worked as a laborer on farms.
By 1930, John Mohamed was living in Arizona with his wife, Myrtle and daughter Dorothy J. Myrtle was born in Texas. His 1930 Federal Census recorded his race as Hindu or East Indian. By 1940, John and Myrtle had 4 more daughters, Margie, Helen, Carolyn, and Mary K.
John Mohamed Mondo died in December 1968 in Arizona.