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Rabbit Skin Sweater
courtesy of the U.S. Army Women's Museum

Rabbit Skin Sweater

1st Lt Louise King

This civilian made rabbit skin sweater belonged to 1st Lt. Louise F. King (Fourenlle), who served in the Army Nurse Corps. She wore it under her fatigue uniform during the Battle of the Bulge, through the harsh winter of December 1944-January 1945.

1st Lt. King was assigned to the 16th Field Hospital, which treated combat troops as they fought their way across France, Belgium and Germany. Her most distinct memory of the Battle of the Bulge was the bitter cold and its impact on the soldiers. "We had to treat the soldiers for frostbite as well as their wounds," King said. 1st Lt. King was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a nurse in European Theater of Operations (ETO). She completed her military service in December 1945.

Courtesy of the U.S. Army Women's Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia

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