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Near Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sharon Ann Lane

Vietnam War

 
 
Sharon Ann Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2022
1. Sharon Ann Lane Marker
Inscription.  Ms. Lane joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve on April 18, 1968. She completed her training at Fort Sam Houston on June 14, 1968, and reported for duty at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, just 3 days later. She worked there until April 24, 1969, when she reported to Travis Air Force Base, California, with orders sending her to Vietnam.

1LT Lane arrived at the 312th Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai on April 29, 1969. She was originally assigned to the Intensive Care Unit, but was reassigned to the Vietnamese Ward. This work was often physically and emotionally challenging, yet Lane repeatedly declined transfers to another ward. She worked five days a week, twelve hours a day in Ward 4, and spent her off-duty time taking care of the most critically injured American soldiers in the Surgical ICU.

On the morning of June 8, 1969, the 312th Evacuation Hospital was struck by a salvo of 122mm rockets fired by the Viet Cong. One rocket struck between Wards 4A and 4B, killing two people and wounding another twenty-seven. Among the dead was 1Lt Lane, who died instantly of fragmentation wounds to the chest. Sharon
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Lane was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire.

For her service in Vietnam, 1Lt Sharon Ann Lane was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Order of Vietnam Medal, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm).
 
Erected 2021 by the Women's Veteran Memorial Advisory Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWar, VietnamWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1968.
 
Location. 30° 23.958′ N, 86° 35.554′ W. Marker is near Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Miracle Strip Parkway, SE (U.S. 98) west of Pier Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leigh Ann Hester (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacqueline Cochran (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonita Ruth Bonham (within shouting distance of this marker); Naseema (within shouting distance of this marker); Lenah Higbee (within shouting distance of this marker); Cathay Williams
Sharon Ann Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2022
2. Sharon Ann Lane Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Revolutionary War Patriots (about 400 feet away); Margaret Corbin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
More about this marker. Located behind the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island and close to the Veterans Park Rookery. Parking is available at the Convention Center. The park features eight statues in honor of women who have sacrificed for our country as true patriots.
 
Also see . . .
1. Short history about Leigh Ann Hester from the Women Veterans Memorial website. (Submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Sharon Ann Lane. (Submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Sharon Ann Lane statue by sculptor Jon Hair. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2022
3. Sharon Ann Lane statue by sculptor Jon Hair.
View of Women's Veteran Memorial dedication plaza. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2022
4. View of Women's Veteran Memorial dedication plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Jun. 23, 2024