|Corporal Donald B. Hoobler|
|Status||KIA, January 3, 1945.|
Corporal Donald B. Hoobler was an original Easy Company soldier.
Hoobler was born in 1923 in Manchester Ohio, to Kathryn and Ralph B. Hoobler. He had two siblings, named John R. Hoobler, Mary Hoobler and an older.
After graduating from Manchester High School in 1940, Hoobler joined the Ohio National Guard on 15 October and served until October 1941 after his father died. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in Fort Thomas, Kentucky on 22 July 1942 and was assigned to the Easy Company, 506th at Camp Toccoa, Georgia and was made a Rifleman in 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon.
Sometime before D-Day, Hoobler began craving a German Luger for a souvenir. One time, he met a young British paratrooper, who saw combat in North Africa and had a Luger that he let Hoobler admire for a while. "Boy, she sure is a doozy!", he remarked.
Hoobler made the jump into Normandy throughout June and July. During the campaign, he was promoted to Corporal and made Assistant Squad Leader of 3rd Squad. Unlike most Soldiers, Hoobler "got a real kick out of war", according to Webster.
Hoobler then fought in Holland's Operation Market Garden and later in Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle, he shot down a German officer while the German was escaping on horseback. It was from that German where Hoobler finally obtained his Luger. However, that Luger would cost his life: since he was wearing so much clothing, their pressure made the gun go off in his pocket and the bullet went into his leg, tearing the main artery. He died from blood loss before his cohorts could get him to the aid station.
Corporal Hoobler is buried at Manchester Cemetery.