Former Iran hostage buried in Kentucky veterans cemetery

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Four American hostages held in Iran listen to the latest demands for their release on Dec. 25, 1980. From left: William Belk of Columbia, S. C.; Thomas Schaefer of Tacoma, Wash.; Donald Hohman of West Sacramento, Calif.; and John Craves of Reston, Va. Hohman, who was among the Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days between 1979 and 1981, was laid to rest along with his wife in a veterans’ cemetery in Kentucky. The couple, both 79, lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and died within several days of each other this fall after contracting COVID-19, their daughter-in-law, Jocelyn Hohman, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. They were married for 52 years. (AP Photo)

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — A former captive during the Iranian hostage crisis has been laid to rest along with his wife in a veterans’ cemetery in Kentucky.

Donald Hohman was among the Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days between 1979 and 1981. The couple, both 79, lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Their daughter-in-law, Jocelyn Hohman, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that they died within several days of each other after contracting COVID-19.

They were married for 52 years. She says American Legion Post 113 in Hardin County helped arrange to have a color guard and a bagpiper for the services on Friday.

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