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Thomson, Evelyn M.

Evelyn M. Thomson U.S. Army WWII
Evelyn M. Thomson U.S. Army WWII

Date of Birth: 11/20/1917
Died On: 10/13/1965
Street Address: 385 Boston Post Rd
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Army-WWII

Veteran Code: USARMY-637

Evelyn M. Thomson (Pastore)

Evelyn Margaret Peggy Thomson was born on November 20, 1917, in Himrod, New York, her father, Kent C., was 26, and her mother, Margaret, was 30. She had two sisters Eleanor and Loretta and two brothers Frank and Kent. In Rye her family lived at 385 Boston Post Rd and were members of the Church of the Resurrection.

Evelyn served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. She earned a degree In 1941 at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and served with the Army Nurse Corps.

Army Nurse Gets Bronze Star Medal
2nd Lieut. Evelyn M. Thomson U, S. Army nurse, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for organizing ability and skill, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kent C. Thomson, of 667 Forest Avenue, learned this week. She is believed to be the first woman from Rye or vicinity to receive a citation. Overseas since May, 1944, Lieut. Thomson moved from England with the Army into France and finally into Germany. She is attached to units of the Third Army.

The citation says, "Lieut. Thomson, as a nurse in charge of a hospital ward, has through her organizing ability and skill enabled her ward to achieve and maintain a high standard of efficiency over long periods of heavy operations in the field. Working day and night, often without regular hours for sleeping and eating, she has at all times given her patients the best possible treatment and care." Lieut. Thomsons sister, Loretta, is with the WAC and they recently met in France.

After the war Evelyn received her B. A. degree from New York University and her M. A. from Columbia University School of Journalism.

She married Arthur Ralph Pastore on February 24, 1951, in Paris, France.

She was the author of three travel books about Europe. Evelyn also contributed articles to numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping and the Saturday Evening Post.

A native of New York State, she lived In New York City, Baltimore and Paris prior to moving to Pittsburgh.

Evelyn M. Thomson (Pastore) died on October 13, 1965, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 47, She had been working on a travel guide to Pennsylvania when she died.

At the time of her death besides her husband she was survived by her father, Kent C. Thomson; two sisters, Mrs. Loretta Hoyt and Mrs. Kenneth Jahelka, and two brothers, Kent G. and Frank J.

Evelyn was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery Port Chester, New York.

Obituary From Rye Chronicle
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