| July 7, 1943 - June 8, 1969
Sharon Ann Lane was the only nurse in Vietnam to die under enemy attack. She was stationed at the 312th Evac
Hospital at Chui Lai. To the west and south were American marine bases, which often came under enemy
mortar fire. On the morning of June 8, around 0530 hours, a rocket, overshooting one of the nearby Marine
bases, struck a metal supply shed next to her ward and exploded. Sharon died instantly from flying shrapnel.
She was killed on her ward 4, the Vietnamese ward, along with a twelve year old female child for whom she
was caring in the incoming mortar attack. Another USA medic was injured, though not seriously. Twenty-seven
VN patients were also injured.
Though she joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1968, she had been in Vietnam for only two months when she was
killed. In her home of Stark County, Ohio, a statue of Sharon was erected to honor the men and women who
served in Vietnam.
She was posthumously awarded the following medals:
*Bronze Star with a "V" for gallantry
*National Defense Service Medal
*Vietnam Service Medal
*National Order of Vietnam Medal
*(South) Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm) .