Oren Hoyt’s A Greatest Generation Autobiography, the story of his life recalling memories that pre-date the Great Depression and World War II, will now be available for future generations to learn from and enjoy. On Friday, Hoyt and his son, David, visited Union High School to present a copy to the school that will become a permanent part of the media center collection.
The 170 page book begins with Hoyt’s earliest recollections, which date back to 1925. Following his graduation from high school in 1939, Hoyt enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps a year later, the branch of service that would ultimately become the United States Air Force.
Hoyt devotes several chapters to the time spent serving his country, including his deployment to Europe during World War II. He also shares the story of the courtship of his wife Gwen, and reveals an interesting fact about the wedding party that gathered on May 26, 1945:
“…the subject quickly became setting our wedding date plus all the details connected with it. One problem was to find someone to be “best man” plus 3 groomsmen. There was an acute shortage of men. As a result, neither Gwen nor I knew the young man chosen as the best man, and I didn’t know any of the 3 groomsmen.”
The Hoyts were blessed with three children and Oren writes about many of the family’s camping adventures that have taken them to nearly every state in the contiguous 48 states.
A Greatest Generation Autobiography offers a very personal look at what life was like for a young man growing up in the 1930s and serving his country in World War II before returning to his Iowa roots to raise a family. The book is still available for sale to the general public for $35, which includes shipping and handling. To order, send a check to: David Hoyt, 360 Dix Creek Road 1, Unit 2, Leicester, NC 28748.