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"She is ever watchful....
and her talons are treacherous!!"

Thank you very much Ms. Dotie for this beautiful award.

Brig. General Clara L. Adams-Ender



Brigadier General Adams-Ender received her ANC commission in 1961.
Her overseas assignments include service in Korea and West Germany.
In 1967 she became the first woman in the Army to
receive the Expert Field Medical Badge.
In 1976 she became the first nurse and first woman to be awarded the
degree Master of Military Art and Science at the
U.S. Army Command and Staff College.
Under her tenure as Chief, the Corps successfully met
the challenges of Operation Desert Storm.
Following her tenure as Chief of the Corps,
she served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Fort Belvoir,
Virginia and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army
Military District of Washington, Fort Belvoir, Virginia,
until her retirement in August 1993.
She received the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters,
and the Army Commendation Medal among her awards and honors.

CAPTAIN INSIGNIA

CADUCEUS-ARMY NURSE CORPS INSIGNIA CAPT. LILLIAN KINKELA-KEIL CADUCEUS-ARMY NURSE CORPS INSIGNIA

Capt. Lillian Kinkela-Keil
USAF Nurse Corps.
WWII and Korea

Captain Lillian Kinkela-Keil, of the Air Force Nurse Corps and possibly the most decorated woman in the U.S. military.
Captain Kinkela flew over 200 air evacuation missions during WWII as well as 25 trans- Atlantic crossings.
She went back to civilian flying with United Airlines after the war, but when the Korean conflict erupted she donned her uniform once more and flew several hundred more missions as a flight nurse in Korea.
Captain Kinkela-Keil was the inspiration for the 1953 movie "Flight Nurses" and served as technical advisor to the film.
Her decorations include: The European Theater of Operations with Four Battle Stars;
The Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters;
The Presidential Unit Citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster;
The Korean Service Medal with Seven Battle Stars;
The American Campaign Medal;
The United Defense Medal;
And Presidential Citation, Republic of Korea.

Captain Kinkela has been honored several times in her home town of Covina Hills, California and is still quite active in the VFW.

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STATUE OF 1stLT. SHARON A. LANE

STATUE DEDICATED TO SHARON...please read below.

CADUCEUS-ARMY NURSE CORPS INSIGNIA 1stLT. SHARON A. LANE CADUCEUS-ARMY NURSE CORPS INSIGNIA

First Lieutenant Sharon A. Lane
(Courtesy of Mrs. Mary Kay Lane and Hostile Fire by Phillip Bigler, Vandamere Press.)
"Born to Honor, Ever at Peace"

"SHARON'S AWARDS"

The Purple Heart,
The Bronze Star with a "V" for gallantry,
The National Defense Service Medal,
The Vietnam Service Medal,
The National Order Of Vietnam Medal,
and The (South) Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm).

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".

Sharon has been honored in many ways since her death: the Daughters of the American Revolution named her 'Outstanding Nurse of the Year' in 1969, and honored her posthumously with 'the Anita Newcomb McGee Medal' at their annual Continental Congress in Washington D.C. on April 22, 1970. On November 11, 1969, the Fitzsimons Hospital named its recovery room the 'Lane Recovery Suite' in her memory, with a plaque and picture on display. On May 23, 1970, the 1965 Graduating Class from Aultman's School of Nursing put a plaque, picture, and poem by a classmate in Morrow House (the nursing school residence hall) in her honor. The 1970 Class at Aultman dedicated their yearbook to her as well. On October 18, 1970, Faircrest Memorial Junior High School was dedicated to Sharon and four other servicemen from Canton South who lost their lives in Vietnam; a plaque for each one was placed at the entrance to the school.

On May 29, 1973 ( Memorial Day ) a statue to Sharon was dedicated in front of Aultman Hospital by the William F. Cody Garrison #50 of the Army/Navy Union. This statue was built with funds raised in the community, and is one of the first Vietnam memorials constructed in the United States.

In March, 1986, Aultman Hospital opened the Sharon Lane Women's Center in its main lobby; two months later, on May 26, the Canton Chapter 199 of the Vietnam Veterans of America officially became the 'Sharon Lane Chapter #199'. There are two roads named for Sharon: one in Denver, CO; the other at Fort Belviour in Virginia. On September 12, 1995, Fort Hood, Texas dedicated the Sharon Lane Volunteer Center. A permanent display in her honor can be seen at the Ohio Society of Military History in Massillon, Ohio.

MAJOR INSIGNIA

Maj. Stephanie A. Wells U.S.A.F

MAJ. STENPHANIE A. WELLS

Maj. Wells was the aircraft commander of a C-5B Galaxy during an airlift flight from Torrejon to an American air base in Saudi Arabia.
The C-5B Galaxy was a aircraft used to airlift troops and equipment.

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