Lilly, Jr., Edmund, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1953, 9310, 4th Army
Service Years
1917 - 1953



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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ralph Koch (Raleigh) to remember Lilly, Jr., Edmund, COL.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
508 Oakridge Avenue
Fayetteville, NC 38305

Date of Passing
Nov 28, 1978
Location of Interment
Cumberland Memorial Gardens - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star Gold Star Lapel Pin

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Other Comments:
COL Lilly's diaries and other papers can be found at this link:

There are transcriptions and scans of diaries that he kept as well as lists of fellow POWs and other information.  These papers were donated by COL Lilly's family to the Combined Arms Research Library in 1998.  They are mostly related to his time in captivity by the Japanese during WWII.

Also, COL Lilly conducted an interview in 1976 with a member of the East Carolina University history faculty and it can be found at this link:

This interview includes some of COL Lilly's experiences in WWI, prior and post WWII.
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1917, Basic Training (Fort Oglethorpe, GA)
 Unit Assignments
82nd Artillery2nd Brigade, 6th Infantry DivisionInfantry Officer Advanced Course1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
2nd Infantry DivisionROTC 5th Army, HQ, US Army Cadet CommandPhilippine Division57th Infantry Regiment
POW/MIAHQ, 7th Army4th Army
  1917-1918, HHB, 82nd Artillery
  1918-1919, 1542, 2nd Brigade, 6th Infantry Division
  1919-1922, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
  1926-1927, 1542, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1930-1932, C Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
  1933-1935, 2nd Infantry Division
  1935-1941, ROTC 5th Army, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1941-1942, Philippine Division
  1941-1942, 1542, 57th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1945, 1542, POW/MIA
  1947-1950, 2136, HQ, 7th Army
  1950-1953, 9310, 4th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Battle of Bataan/Battle of the Points 22 January to 13 February 1942
 Colleges Attended 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1911-1915, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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