John Elbert Grindstaff was born 4 February 1894 to Thomas F. and Mary Grindstaff. He was a farmer before entering the service.
He was killed in action on 11 October 1918 in France
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 4 February 1894
- Date of death: 11 October 1918
- County: Johnson
- Hometown: Butler
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: 315th Machine Gun Battalion, 80th Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Burial/Memorial Location: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar III, Bottom Panel
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