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Donald Hoobler

Donald Hoobler

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, second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army throughout World War II. Hoobler was portrayed in the HBO miniseries *Band of Brothers * by Peter McCabe.

Donald Hoobler
BornJune 28, 1922 Manchester, Ohio
DiedJanuary 3, 1945(1945-01-03)(aged 22) Foy, Belgium
Place of burialManchester Cemetery
Allegiance[[INLINE_IMAGE|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/35px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/46px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png 2x||h12|w23|thumbborder]]United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942-1945
Rank[[INLINE_IMAGE|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg/25px-US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg/38px-US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg/50px-US_Army_WWII_CPL.svg.png 2x|US Army WWII CPL.svg|h29|w25]]Corporal
UnitEasy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

World War II

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


Hoobler was born on June 28, 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

Hoobler served in the Ohio National Guard on October 15, 1940. [1] [2] He discharged in November 1941 and was 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 a member of the Easy Company. [1] [2]

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

Hoobler additionally 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 passed away of a non-combat related injury.

[1] [3] 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. The bullet entered his thigh, severing a major artery, and he passed away of blood loss. [3]

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


Hoobler was buried at Manchester Cemetery.

He is next to his mother, Kathryn (Carrigan) Hoobler, who passed away at her daughter's home in Port Richey, Florida in 1976 (age 83) and was buried next to him. Donald's brother John served in the US Navy throughout the last months of the war. Afterwards he, too, moved to Port Richey, and passed away in July, 1997. [1]

Band of Brothers

The scene where Hoobler accidentally shot himself was reproduced in the miniseries.

In the TV miniseries, however, Hoobler is depicted obtaining a Luger pistol from a German soldier he shot down, and later accidentally shooting himself with that gun. In reality, Hoobler didn't obtain a Luger; the gun he shot himself with might have been either a Colt M1911 service sidearm, or a Belgian-made.32 automatic. According to Clancy Lyall it was the latter. He and Hoobler both obtained one from German prisoners throughout Operation Market Garden.


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