Son of Avraham and Esther Hohenberg, Shimon was born on November 19, 1922 in Germany. He immigrated to Israel in 1933. In 1942, he enlisted in the Jewish Brigade, and was then under the age of enlistment; He served in the Solel Boneh Company of the Engineering Corps in Egypt, Tripoli and Italy. When he was discharged from the army in 1946, he began working in the Nesher cement factory as a gardener. He was an active Hagana instructor. During the War of Independence, he was drafted into the army and served as a squad commander and later as a company sergeant, participating in all battles in the Galilee. He fell in battle at the mouth of the Jordan River near the Sea of Galilee on the 27th of Nissan (1953), a week before Independence Day and about a month after his marriage. He was buried in the military cemetery in Afula and on 9 Adar 572 (February 6, 1952) was transferred to eternal rest in the military cemetery in Haifa.