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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Army dietitian olive drab uniform, circa 1943

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Object ID: WV0028.8.001

Description: U.S. Army hospital dietitian olive drab jacket and long skirt. In 1942 dietitians became part of the army's Medial Department and were eligible to wear standard army or army nurse uniforms. In 1943 a pair of caducei with the initials "HD" was added to the uniform, pinned to the blouse lapels. They are missing from this uniform, which was worn by Lucile Griffin Leonard from 1943 to 1945. The patch on the upper right sleeve of the jacket signifies service in the North African Theater of Operations, and the stripes on the lower right sleeve represent two years overseas service (each stripe represents six months.) On the sleeve not pictured is a laurel wreath patch, which is a “Distinguished Unit Citation” emblem awarded to units for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.

Collection: Lucile Griffin Leonard Papers

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