Laronia Cohrs said that going into the Women’s Army Corps was a good career choice for her. “I graduated high school in May of 1963 and then went straight into the Army.” She learned valuable life lessons, got good work experience and had a chance to serve her country – all at the same time.

Laura Dean Bennett
Staff Writer

Reflecting on her time in the service, Laronia Yaraborough Cohrs said, “It was another life.”

Cohrs grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. She had two older brothers and five sisters. Her father was a carpenter who built furniture, and her mother worked in a cotton mill.

Cohrs enlisted in the Army in August 1963, three months after her high school graduation, and she served for two years in the Women’s Army Corps and was honorably discharged.

She came from a family who had some experience with military service.

Her father served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, in the Philippines, and her paternal grandfather was a Confederate soldier from South Carolina.

As for what attracted her to the service, Cohrs said that it seemed to her like a good career for a young woman.

“They had a career day at Dillon High School…

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