Lauretta Thomson was born on April 6, 1920, in Dalton, Pennsylvania, her father, Kent, was 28, and her mother, Margaret, was 33. She had two sisters Eleanor and Evelyn and two brothers Frank and Kent. In Rye her family lived at 667 Forrest Ave and were members of the Church of the Resurrection.
Lauretta was a Rye High Scool graduate, Class of 1939. She was a member of the famous "Rye Coleens" softball team that went to Rochester to play in the state championship in 1939.
Lauretta enlisted May 6,1943 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's branch of the United States Army. The WAC were first trained in three major specialties. The brightest and nimblest were trained as switchboard operators. Next came the mechanics, who had to have a high degree of mechanical aptitude and problem solving ability.
This was later expanded to dozens of specialties like Postal Clerk, Driver, Stenographer, and Clerk-Typist. WAC armorers maintained and repaired small arms and heavy weapons that they were not allowed to use.
General Douglas MacArthur called the WACs "my best soldiers", adding that they worked harder, complained less and were better disciplined than men.
Lauretta was honorably discharged November 3, 1945.
She was a retired secretary and a Women's Army Corps veteran of World War II. Lauretta was a Catholic and she had one son and two daughters with Hugh Arthur Hoyt. She moved to Homosassa, Florida in 1981 from Stratford, Conn.
LAURETTA T. HOYT, 68 of Homosassa died Monday August 29, 1988.
At the time of her death she was survived by a son, Hugh of Stratford; two daughters, Margaret Reade of Barrington, R.I., and Barbara of Bridgeport, Conn.; two brothers, Frank Thomson of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Kent Thomson of Freeport, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Jahelka of Melbourne; and four grandchildren. ' Wilder's Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.