Laverne Emma Robinson Thompson of Cabot was honored with a “Women in History” award on April 27 at a reception held at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, sponsored by the Major Jacob Gray Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was accompanied by her grandson and his wife, Marc and Leigh Ann Stankoski, as well has great grandson Caden Stankoski. After a description of her life and time in service, she was presented with a certificate by American History chairperson, Jayne Spears of Beebe.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Laverne married Staff Sgt. Kenneth Robinson in 1942. Against her parent’s wishes, she enlisted as a Navy WAVE in the US Navy on May 23, 1943. Two days after her enlistment, her husband was declared MIA. He was later declared to be deceased.
As a WAVE, she went to radio school learning Morse Code and radio procedures which were both considered to be difficult fields for women. She served as an instructor at the Naval Training Center in Memphis. After her discharge, she married Robert Thompson and had three children.
Laverne enjoys astonishing the male members of the American Legion by telling them that she is a veteran, not the spouse of a veteran. She is a member of the Lutheran Church and enjoys her weekly bingo games with friends.