September 2, 2014

Sharon Lane: A Canton Legend

1Lt. Sharon Ann Lane was a nurse from Canton, Ohio, who died from a shrapnel wound when the 312th Evac at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969 (Vietnam War).  In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, where Lane had attended nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.

BOOKS | Sharon Lane


Aoki, Elizabeth N. "Nurse Killed in Vietnam Is Honored." Washington Post  21 June 1989: C9.

"Army Nurse Killed by Enemy Rocket." Army Reporter 23 June 1969: 1.

Beaber, John. "A War Heroine Is Laid to Rest." Canton Repository 15 June 1969: 1, 10.

Brown, Gary. "Sharon's Story." Repository  [Canton] 7 Oct. 1996: D1.

Brown, Gary. "Statues Honor Women Veterans of Vietnam War." Repository  [Canton] 21 Oct. 1985: 1, 3.

"Canton Nurse Is Honored by Ohio's Senate." Canton Repository 12 June 1969: 22.

"Died: Lt. Sharon (Missy) Lane." Newsweek 23 June 1969: 111.

Downing, Bob. "Veterans' Efforts Recall Women's Role in Vietnam." Akron Beacon Journal 10 Nov. 1986: A1, A11.

"Fund Drive Set for Memorial to Viet Heroine." Canton Repository 16 May 1971: 19.

Hudak, Mike. "Army Base Road Named in Honor of Sharon Lane." Sunday Free Press [Canton] 2 July 1989, Canton ed.: A1, B4.

"In Memory of Those Who Served." Repository [Canton] 25 Sept. 1986: 6.

"Lane, Sharon." Canton Repository 13 June 1969: 36.

"Last Letter from Shar." Sunday Free Press [Canton] 2 July 1989, Canton ed.: A1, B4.

Leggett, Jack. "Cong Rocket Kills Beloved Canton Nurse." Canton Repository 10 June 1969: 1, 10.

"Memorial Day: Memories Parade Past." Repository [Canton] 27 May 1986: 1.

"Memorial Progress." Canton  Repository 25 Jan. 1973: 2.

"Rites to Be Saturday for Lt. Sharon Lane." Canton Repository 13 June 1969: 25.

Seaman, Bob. "Reserve Officers Pushing for Lt. Lane Fund." Canton Repository 18 July 1971: 17.

Seaman, Bob ."Sharon Lane Fund Gaining Momentum but More's Needed." Canton Repository 4 July 1971: 41.

"Sharon Lane, Stark's War Dead Saluted." Canton Repository 29 May 1973: 1, 10.

"Sharon Lane Statue Set for Engraving." Canton Repository 20 Nov. 1972: 23.

Spelts, Doreen. "Nurses Who Served And Did Not Return." American Journal of Nursing Sept. 1986: 1037-1039.

"A Statue for Sharon." Canton Repository 13 June 1971: 17.

Young, Major Harold. Letter. "Canton Nurse Won Hearts of GIs." Plain Dealer [Cleveland] 19 June 1969: 10A.


In Remembrance of Sharon Lane. 16 March 2009. <>.
Sharon Lane is featured on this website which includes a picture of her and copies of two military documents.

Jacobson, Gary. Sharon Ann Lane,  First Nurse to Die in Combat in Vietnam. 16 March 2009.
Jacobson pays homage to Sharon Lane in a short essay and poem written on this website.

The Lady. 16 March 2009.
This web page posts an article about Sharon Lane from the AP originally published in the San Antonio Express News on June 25, 1988.

Monuments and Memorials to Women Warriors. 16 March 2009.
A site dedicated to the statues and memorials that honor the brave women who served their country in many ways over the years since our nation began.


Shurie, Tanya M. "Sharon A. Lane: Born to Honor Ever at Peace." Res. paper,
Aultman School of Nursing, 1988.
This research paper written by a nursing student provides excellent information about First Lieutenant Sharon A. Lane. A copy of this research paper can be viewed at the Reference Desk at the Main Library.

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Updated 06/09/2011  JKG