Lilly, Edmund Jones, III, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1542, B Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry
Service Years
1946 - 1950


Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Sep 03, 1950
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Cross Creek #2 Cemetery - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block 11

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
West Point Association of GraduatesThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionKorean War Fallen
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1950, West Point Association of Graduates
  1950, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1950, American Battle Monuments Commission
  1995, Korean War Fallen
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 9th Infantry 2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1542, B Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry
  1950-1950, 1542, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Lt. Lilly was the first member of the USMA class of '50 to be killed in action during the Korean war.  His remains were not recovered until 2002.  On 22 October, 2004, he was finally laid to rest by his widow, Mrs. Alma Hodes and his two sisters, Mrs. Betty Ann Barrett and Mrs. Victoria MacMillan.  

USMA Story:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Edmund Jones Lilly, III (ASN: 0-62657), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy from 31 August 1950 to 3 September 1950, in the vicinity of Yongsan, Korea. On that date, as a rifle platoon leader, Lieutenant Lilly and his platoon were defending the high ground along the Naktong River when an overwhelming horde of fanatical enemy launched their greatest assault against the positions held by our forces. The initial enemy attack came at 2300 on 31 August 1950. During the intense automatic weapons fire and grenade explosions Lieutenant Lilly walked among his men encouraging them to greater efforts in their valiant defense against insurmountable odds. Realizing his position was untenable, he gathered the remaining men about him and moved them to a piece of commanding ground over-looking the river. This small heroic group was soon completely surrounded by the enemy. Ammunition and water were exhausted and supplies had to be air dropped. The enemy launched vicious attacks against his platoon night and day for three days but could not force this valiant group so ably led by Lieutenant Lilly from their position. Days later when the position was finally re-taken by friendly forces, the enemy dead were littered and piled two and three deep in front of the platoon's position. Lieutenant Lilly and all of his men had been killed by the relentless enemy pressure but through his refusal to give ground before tremendous odds he permitted the 9th Infantry Regiment the precious hours necessary to regroup and form a new defense line. Lieutenant Lilly's gallantry and leadership reflect great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the Military Service of the United States.

Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 246 (July 1, 1951), Revoked and Replaced by G.O. 318 (July 20, 1951)
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