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Donald Hoobler
Nickname Hoob
Born (1922-06-28)June 28, 1922
Died January 3, 1945(1945-01-03) (aged 22)
Place of birth Manchester, Ohio
Place of death Foy, Belgium
Place of burial Manchester Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Army-USA-OR-04a.svg Corporal
Unit Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards
  • Purple Heart
  • European Theater of Operations Ribbon
  • American Defense Medal
  • Combat Infantryman Badge[1]
  • Relations Ralph B. (father)
    Kathryn Carrigan (mother)

    Corporal Donald B. Hoobler (June 28, 1922 – January 3, 1945) was a non-commissioned officer who served with the Ohio National Guard from 1940–1941, and later serving with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. Hoobler was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Peter McCabe.

    Youth[edit | edit source]

    Hoobler was born in 1922 to Ralph B. Hoobler and Kathryn (Carrigan) Hoobler in Manchester, Ohio. He had one sister; Mary Kathryn Lane, and a brother; John R. Hoobler. Hoobler graduated from Manchester High School in 1940.[1]

    Military service[edit | edit source]

    Hoobler joined the Ohio National Guard on October 15, 1940.[1][2] He was discharged in November 1941 and sent home from training at Camp Shelby, located in Mississippi, due to his father's death.[1] He then enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 22, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Hoobler, with his hometown friends, Robert Rader and William Hovell became members of the Easy Company.[1][2]

    During World War II, he served with Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of 2nd Battalion in the 101st Airborne Division.[1] He fought in the D-Day and Operation Market Garden[3]

    Hoobler also fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne in December, 1944. On Christmas Eve, Hoobler and Rader volunteered for guard duty as a Christmas present to their men.

    Hoobler died of a non-combat related injury.[1][3][4] On January 3, 1945 at Bastogne, Cpl. Hoobler was killed when a pistol he had taken from a dead German snagged on a piece of barbed wire, causing it to fire.[3] The bullet entered his thigh, severing a major artery, and he died of blood loss.[3][4]

    According to Private First Class David Kenyon Webster, a fellow soldier in the same platoon, Hoobler enthusiastically enjoyed the war.

    Burial[edit | edit source]

    Hoobler was buried at Manchester Cemetery next to his mother, Kathryn (Carrigan) Hoobler; who died at her daughter's home in Port Richey, Florida in 1976, aged 83. Donald's brother John served in the US Navy during the last months of the war. Afterwards he too moved to Port Richey, and died in July, 1997.[1]

    Band of Brothers[edit | edit source]

    The scene where Hoobler accidentally shot himself was reproduced in the miniseries. In the TV miniseries Hoobler obtained a luger pistol from a German soldier he shot down, and later accidentally shot himself with that gun. It was not true. Hoobler did not obtain a luger. The gun he shot himself with may be a Browning .45 caliber pistol,[5] or a Belgian-made .32 automatic.[6]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Weyrich, Carleta (2007-04). "Hoobler fights in WWII elite 'Easy Company'". The People's Defender. http://forums.wildbillguarnere.com/lofiversion/index.php/t10953.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
    2. 2.0 2.1 WWII Army Enlistment Records: on-line NARA Archival Database
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ambrose, p.198.
    4. 4.0 4.1 Brando, Mark. "Episode 7- Breaking Point". TV miniseries. http://www.101airborneww2.com/bandofbrothers6.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
    5. Sgt Don Malarkey and Bob Welch, Easy Company Soldier, the Legendary Battles of a Sergeant From World War II's "Band of Brothers"
    6. p.239, Larry Alexander, In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth

    Bibliography[edit | edit source]

    • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6. 

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