Donald Hoobler

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Donald Hoobler
Pfc donald hoobler 506e.jpg
BornJune 28, 1922
Manchester, Ohio
Died(1945-01-03)January 3, 1945 (aged 22)
Foy, Belgium
Place of burial
Manchester Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1945
RankUS Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal
UnitEasy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Battle of Normandy
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • Purple Heart
  • European Theater of Operations Ribbon
  • American Defense Medal
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
RelationsRalph 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.


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][dead link]

Military service[edit]

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 two hometown friends, became a member of the E Company.[1][2]

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

Hoobler also fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne in December, 1944.

Hoobler died of a non-combat related injury.[3] On January 3, 1945 at Bastogne, Cpl. Hoobler was killed when a pistol (a Belgian FN 1900 .32 cal, which does not have a safety) he had taken from a dead German fired by accident while he was moving from foxhole to foxhole checking on other soldiers when he bumped into a tree and snow got into his jacket, he tried to shrug his shoulders to remove it hitting the trigger causing it to fire.[3] The bullet entered his thigh, severing his femoral artery, and he died of blood loss.[3]


Hoobler was buried at Manchester Cemetery in Adams County, Ohio.[4]

Band of Brothers[edit]

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 did not obtain a Luger; the gun he shot himself with may have been either a Colt M1911 service sidearm,[5] or a Belgian-made .32 automatic.[6] According to Clancy Lyall it was the latter. He and Hoobler both obtained one from German prisoners during Operation Market Garden.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Weyrich, Carleta (April 2007). "Hoobler fights in WWII elite 'Easy Company'". The People's Defender. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. 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, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. Donald Hoobler at Find a GraveLua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 23: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  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
  7. p.71, Ronald Ooms, Silver Eagle: the official biography of 'Band of Brothers' veteran Clancy Lyall

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