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GEORGE FRANCIS LANDI

  • Wall Name:GEORGE F LANDI
  • Date of Birth:3/15/1949
  • Date of Casualty:6/8/1969
  • Home of Record:NEW YORK
  • County of Record:NEW YORK CITY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:23W, 111
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

ROBERT NATHANIEL LATIMER

  • Wall Name:ROBERT N LATIMER
  • Date of Birth:12/22/1943
  • Date of Casualty:6/8/1969
  • Home of Record:STONE PARK
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:23W, 112
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

REMEMBRANCES

  • SHARON ANN LANE - CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH ' V ' FOR VALOR DEVICE

    Posted on 8/14/17 - by CLAY MARSTON CLAYMARSTON@HOTMAIL.COM

    CITATION

    FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

    THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL

    WITH ' V ' FOR VALOR DEVICE

    Army General Orders NUMBER 598

    4 July 1969

    TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

    LANE, SHARON ANN

    OFFICER FIRST LIEUTENANT

    ARMY NURSE CORPS

    312TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL

    UNITED STATES ARMY.

    Awarded: Bronze Star with " V " Device

    Date of Action: 8 June, 1969

    Theater: Republic of Vietnam
    Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962, AR 672-5-1, and USARV Reg 672-1.

    Reason: For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Lieutenant Lane distinguished herself by exceptionally valorous actions during a rocket attack on the 312th Evacuation Hospital. Since her arrival at the hospital, her untiring efforts as a general duty staff nurse have made her ward a particularly outstanding one. It was through the application of rare foresight and sound principals of management that Lieutenant Lane overcame and minimized the problems inherent in providing medical support in a combat environment. As the sounds of the first incoming rockets reported throughout the hospital, Lieutenant Lane, thinking only of the welfare of her patients, rushed to her ward in an effort to protect her charges from harm. At this time the ward took a direct hit from an enemy 122mm rocket. The resultant explosion produced metal fragments that struck Lieutenant Lane, taking her life. As a result of Lieutenant Lane's courageous actions in the face of adversity, total disaster to the ward was prevented and many lives were saved. Lieutenant Lane's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon herself, her unit and the United States Army.

    FOR THE COMMANDER:
    OFFICIAL:
    JAMES H. LINDAHL
    CPT, MSC
    Adjutant

    ROGER S. SCHENKE
    CPT, MSC
    Asst Adjutant


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  • NURSE SHARON LANE PAID THE HIGHEST PRICE IN VIETNAM

    Posted on 8/14/17 - by CLAY MARSTON CLAYMARSTON@HOTMAIL.COM


    NURSE SHARON LANE PAID THE HIGHEST PRICE IN VIETNAM


    Sharon Lane wrote home that she was starting the night shift soon, so she wouldn’t have to get up early.

    “ Still very quiet around here,” she wrote. “ Haven’t gotten mortared for a couple of weeks now.”

    Her name seems unremarkable. A lovely smile frozen in time in a snapshot: Her face seems unremarkable. An Army nurse: a calling not remarkable, either, considering that Army nurses have been in the nation’s battles since the founding. The limited information we can find on her today tells us that Lane was dedicated, decent, and levelheaded, and deserves to be remembered for what she did rather than for what happened to her – but that is not to be.

    In 1969, Lane was assigned to the 312th Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, South Vietnam, in a region where U.S. infantrymen were fighting constant battles with surging Viet Cong troops.

    “ She was a very gentle person, a very quiet person,” Carson remembered in a 2001 telephone interview.

    Born on 7 July 1943, Lane was 25 years old. She’d grown up in North Industry, Ohio, and attended Aultman Hospital School of Nursing (now Aultman College of Nursing) in Canton. She’d worked as a general-duty nurse at Aultman Hospital for 26 months before entering active duty in the Army Nurse Corps on 18 April 1968.

    Typical of young Americans joining the Nurse Corps, Lane underwent basic training at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. She was graduated in June 1968.

    The Army assigned Lane to Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where she worked in tuberculosis wards. While at Fitzsimons, Lane was promoted to First Lieutenant and was sent to work in the cardiac division’s intensive care unit and recovery room. In early 1969, the Army ordered Lane to Vietnam, where she arrived on 29 April 1969.

    That month – the exact date is not known – another Army nurse with another unremarkable name, 1st Lieutenant Susan Green, arrived at the 45th Surgical Hospital in Tay Ninh. Soon after, at a critical moment, she stood up to adjust an intravenous feeding device for a patient. “ I’ll take care of it for you,” an Army doctor interrupted. He stood up just as a Viet Cong rocket exploded in the hospital. The physician was killed.

    Green came home.

    Sharon Lane left no record of why she chose nursing duty in a dangerous war zone, but Green did.

    “ My friends from high school were being drafted and I had friends who’d gone to Vietnam,” said Green in an interview in 2001. “ I saw a chance to serve.”

    The Army established a Nurse Corps as a permanent component of its medical department on 2 February 1901.

    But the history of these “ angels of mercy,” as one soldier called them, goes back much further.

    During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington, commander in chief of American forces, asked the Second Continental Congress to authorize medical support for an Army of 20,000 men, with one nurse for every 10 soldiers. Although the women received little or no actual nursing training, they paved the way for nurses to follow.

    In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Clara Barton to the position of superintendent of Union Nurses. Barton and her staff did much to save life and limb during the Civil War. The creation of a formal nurse corps was a logical next step.

    Nurses were not authorized to become commissioned officers until 1920.

    The Army had 21,480 nurses in World War I, 57,000 in World War II, 5,397 in the Korean War, and about 5,000 during the Vietnam era. There are about 2,900 nurses in the Army today. Said veteran Green: “ The field offers excellent opportunities for men and women.” That was not true during World War II, when only women could be Army nurses. A change in the times was signaled in 2000 when Brigadier General William T. Bester became the first male chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

    At the 312th Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai, she worked in the intensive care ward for a few days before being assigned to the Vietnamese ward. She worked five days a week, 12 hours a day in this ward, plus an additional day each week in intensive care.

    It should have been an early stage of a bright and promising career. But on 8 June 1969, at 6:05 a.m., just as Lane was completing an overnight shift in the Vietnamese ward, the hospital came under Viet Cong mortar and rocket fire. The procedure was to get ambulatory patients under their beds and to cover those unable to move with a mattress.

    Lane was busily attempting to secure patients when a Soviet-built 122 mm rocket fired by the Viet Cong struck the ward. A piece of shrapnel struck Lane in the throat. She was killed instantly.

    Retired Colonel Jane Carson, 59, of Santa Fe, N.M., was Lane’s commander at Chu Lai. “ She was a very gentle person, a very quiet person,” Carson remembered in a 2001 telephone interview. Carson said that one or two Viet Cong prisoners of war were treated in the Vietnamese ward and that “ this was a difficult experience for us because we were constantly surrounded by our own young men who’d been severely wounded by their high velocity weapons.” Carson remembered that Lane “ was very compassionate toward the Vietnamese people and was one of the few who elected to work continuously with Vietnamese adults and children.”

    In all, eight American military women lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Their names now appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. All eight were nurses. Seven were in the Army, one in the Air Force.

    The others died of various causes, including accidents, suicide and a stroke.

    For all of her important acts and deeds, Lane will be remembered most because she was the only American military woman killed by enemy action in Vietnam.

    Sharon Lane was also the only American servicewoman to be awarded a Bronze Star Medal with “V” for VALOR decoration on the ribbon. She was awarded the Purple Heart medal, and other awards, posthumously.

    Lane’s service and sacrifice is remembered at several memorials around the country. In 1973, Aultman Hospital erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local service members killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.


    ROBERT F. DORR

    DEFENSE MEDIA NETWORK

    30 JUNE 2013


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  • Marathon

    Posted on 4/27/17 - by Mike DeVita mdevita@woh.rr.com
    On April 29th I will be running the Pro Football Hall of Fame Half marathon in memory of Lt. Lane
  • Remembering Lt Sharon Lane

    Posted on 3/22/17 - by David Botticelli davbot@att.net
    I have more than few Vietnam casualties in my mind. Lt Lane is one of them. I didn't know that she died on my birthday (not the same year). Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our great nation, lieutenant. You will NEVER be forgotten. Be at peace with the Lord.
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  • Burial Location - Along with her Father and Mother

    Posted on 7/10/16 - by Gary McJimsey
    1LT Sharon Ann Lane, ANC is buried at the Sunset Hills Burial Park Cemetery, Canton Ohio and not at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens as previously stated by others herein. Location confirmed by Find A Grave organization, the Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties and by a Find A Grave photo contributor from Canton, Ohio, who has provided a photo of Sharon's parents grave marker which lies next to that of Sharon Lane.

    http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/7648 This url link will show you a Army Together We Served remembrance page created for 1LT Sharon Ann Lane, VN KIA June 8, 1969.
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