While at the 48th MASH and 45th Evacuation Hospital in 1953 and 1954, Don worked with the Surgical Research Team in the Hemorrhagic Research Unit. Stinky, the pet lamb, Mona the monkey and the baby rabbits were most likely lab subjects, used for research.
“They performed autopsies and many of the chemical, hemotological, bacteriological and parasitological procedures, and maintained a blood bank. Generally they were fully occupied in giving laboratory support to the hospital and were able to spare only a portion of their efforts for investigation.”
From: Medical Science Publication No. 4, Volume II, Laboratory Service in Support of Surgery, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Steers, MC