Retired CW2 Donald Robert Hohman, 79, was an outspoken man who valued his family and expressed great generosity to those he loved. He was born into the union of Robert Hohman and Hazel Forrester Hohman on Sept. 3. 1942, in Yuba City, California.
Donald passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Elizabethtown.
Mr. Hohman leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Anna Heyer Hohman; two daughters, Janet Taylor-Hohman (Jak) and Renee Hohman of California; two sons, Yuri Hohman (Jocelyn) of Elizabethtown and Kai Hohman (Jamie) of Nevada; eight granddaughters, Vikki Files (Greg), Linda Tolentino (Jay), Megan Hohman, Gabriella Hohman, Erin Hohman, Sonja Hohman, Aurora Hohman and Kasey Wisecup; four grandsons, Nik Pappas, Anthony Hohman (Hannah), Daniel Hohman (Whitney) and Xander Hohman; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kam, Kai, Ryan, Rylee, Sadie, Jaklyn and Mason; a sister, Theresa Blue (Dale); and a brother, Lew Hohman (Marie).
Donald had more than 25 years of service in the Army serving in Germany and across the United States in various medical positions, retiring as an Army physicians' assistant. Mr. Hohman worked as a civilian at Ireland Hospital on Fort Knox in urology, retiring in 2005.
Donald was one of 52 hostages taken at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 4, 1979, where he was held captive for 444 days and released on Jan. 20, 1981. As the only medical personnel at the American Embassy, Don was expected to assist with any medical treatment for the other hostages. Despite the brutal conditions of captivity, Mr. Hohman remained resilient providing care to many and saving the life of a fellow hostage.
Donald Hohman received numerous medals, ribbons and badges, Legion of Merit, Soldier's Medal, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War, Military Diplomatic Hostage, National Defense Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Good Conduct Medals.
Cremation has been chosen with a memorial service and burial in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central to be held at a later date.
To leave an online condolence and to light a candle of remembrance, go to trowbridgefh.com.
Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is in charge of arrangements.
Published by The News-Enterprise from Sep. 24 to Sep. 27, 2021.