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1st Lt Sharon Ann Lane, the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire during the Vietnam War
Compiled by: MSgt Rob Wilkins, USAF, Ret.
Rolling Thunder Washington DC, Inc. remembers the service and sacrifice of 1st Lt Sharon Ann Lane, from Zanesville, Ohio, the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire during the Vietnam War (seven other American military nurses died while serving in Vietnam).
At 0605, 8 June 1969, the 74th Medical Battalion reported a rocket hit between Wards 4a and 4b of the 312th Evacuation Hospital. The explosion killed two and wounded 27 US and Vietnamese personnel.
A piece of shrapnel ripped through Lane's aorta, killing her instantly. She died just one month short of her 26th birthday.
Her military decoration include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with a "V" for gallantry, the National Defense Service Medal, the Nation of Vietnam Medal, and the South Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm.
Thank you for your service, ma'am. May you continue to rest in peace.
Lt Lane is honored on Panel 23W, Row 112 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
You Are Not Forgotten.