February 28, 1918 (Norwalk, CT) – November 24, 1942; 23 or 24 years old; unmarried
Last local address 13 Couch Street, South Norwalk
Enlisted December 2, 1940
Service number: 11019905
27TH BOMBER GROUP (LIGHT); 91ST BOMBER SQUADRON
He became a POW of the Japanese Army in the “Fall of The Philippines” in May, 1942. Francis died of amebic dysentery while a POW of the Japanese Army in the Philippines during the war.
From Hartford Courant February 6, 1944
In honor of four Connecticut soldiers who died in Japanese prison camps, the State War Finance Committee announced Saturday that four days would be set aside next week during the Fourth War Loan and named for the men who sacrificed their lives. Monday, February 7, has been designated by John M. Hurley, executive manager of the State War Finance Committee, as Corporal Francis Hoyt Day in honor of Corporal Hoyt, 20 Webster Street, South Norwalk. Tuesday, February 8, will be Corporal Albert J. Lawrence Day in honor of Corporal Lawrence, Hunt Street, Rowayton. Wednesday, February 9, will be Private Kusti N. Gayda Day in honor of Private Gayda, 579 Center Street, Southport. Thursday, February 10, will be Private Samuel A. Russo Day in honor of Private Russo of New Canaan. These men gave their lives for their country,” Mr. Hurley said. It is only fitting that we recognize their sacrifice during the Fourth War Loan when we civilians can show the men and women in the service that we are behind them.” A telegram from the War Department to the State War Finance Committee also reported that four civilians from Connecticut are in Japanese internment camps. They are Colt Craven of Bridgewater, Frances Haughwout of Bethel, Christian Larsen of Southport, and Harold Rather of Old Greenwich.
Corporal Hoyt is buried at Manila American Cemetery; Plot L, Row 7, Grave 47.