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Identification tags worn by Lt. Louise Lomax

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Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
United States Army Air Force, American, 1941 - 1947  Search this
Owned by:
Louise Virginia Lomax, American, 1920 - 2011  Search this
H x W x D (tag): 1 × 1 3/4 in. (2.5 × 4.5 cm)
H x W (chain): 13 3/4 × 3/16 in. (35 × 0.4 cm)
dog tags
Place used:
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Louise Virginia Lomax joined the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) as a 2nd Lieutenant in March 1943. Upon joining the ANC, Lt. Lomax was issued this identification tag, also called a "dog tag," which listed important identifying information including her name, her Army Serial Number (N-760431), the date of her most recent Tetanus shot, her blood type, and her religious affiliation.
After training as a psychiatric nurse at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., Lt. Lomax was stationed at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, home of the Tuskegee Airmen, by September 1943. Lomax remained at Tuskegee during the war, where she was eventually promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
After the war, Lt. Lomax went on to serve at Lockbourne Army Air Base in Ohio; Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; at VA hospitals in Downey, Illinois; and Perry Point, Maryland; and finally at the Army’s Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. Lt. Lomax retired from active duty in March 1949 and transferred to the Reserve Corps. After four years in the Reserves, Lt. Lomax was honorably discharged from the Army Nurse Corps in April 1953.
Identification tag (dog tags) owned by Lt. Louise Lomax, Army Nurse Corps. The metal tags are attached to a metal chain. The tag is embossed with Lt. Lomax’s name, serial number, and blood type.
African American  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Military  Search this
Nursing  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Tuskegee Airmen  Search this
U.S. History, 1945-1953  Search this
Women  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pia Marie Winters Jordan in memory of her mother, First Lieutenant Louise Virginia Lomax Winters, Army Nurse Corps; and her uncle, Sgt. Henry James Lomax, U.S. Army
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