Made with Vietnam War Army Tri colored uniforms
Sharon A. Lane was born July 7, 1943 in Zanesville, Ohio. She moved with her family to North Industry, in Stark County, Ohio at the age of two, where she attended North Industry Grade School. She graduated from Canton South High School in June, 1961 and entered the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing the following September. After graduating from Aultman on April 25, 1965, she went to work at the hospital until May, 1967, when she decided to try her hand in the business world. After three quarters at the Canton Business College she quit to join the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve on April 18, 1968. She began her basic training on May 5 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas with the rank of Second Lieutenant, and graduated on June 14, 1968. Three days later, she reported to Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado where she worked in three outlying TB (tuberculosis) wards. While at Fitzsimons, Sharon received her promotion to First Lieutenant, and was sent to work in the Cardiac Division's Intensive Unit and Recovery Room. On April 24, 1969, she reported to Travis Air Force Base in California with orders to go to Vietnam. She arrived at the 312th Evac Hospital at Chu Lai on April 29, and went to work in the Intensive Care ward for a few days before being assigned to the Vietnamese Ward. She worked 5 days a week, (12 hours per day), in this ward and on the sixth day worked in Intensive Care.
"During the early morning hours of June 8, 1969, a Soviet-built 122-mm rocket slammed into ward 4 of the 312th Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, Vietnam." 24 year old Lt. Sharon A. Lane died instantly. Though seven other American military nurses lost their lives serving in Vietnam, Lt. Lane was the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire throughout the war". Hostile Fire flyleaf.