Army nurse Lulu B. Wolfe’s identification card and ID tag while stationed in France, c. 1918
Lulu B. Wolfe of Newton, New Jersey, was issued this identity card and tag while serving at Base Hospital No. 48, Mars Hospital Center, Mars-sur-Allier, France. The card lists her simply as “nurse” because all Army nurses served without official rank during World War I. Not until 1920 did Army nurses achieve “relative rank,” which afforded them more authority, albeit not equal pay.
Courtesy Lulu Belle (Wolfe) Smith Collection, Gift of Ellen Mertens, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection. Image by Manda Kowalczyk, Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum