Lilly, Lawrence Eugene, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1981, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
Service Years
1970 - 1971


First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Monica
Last Address
Santa Paula, California

Casualty Date
Mar 17, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Vietnam
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 055

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry) 1st Cavalry Division
  1970-1970, 1981, U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Lilly had graduated from the 4th Student Officer Company,  Flight Class  70-22 (B-1), Fort Wolters, Texas. 

In Vietnam, he served with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division based at Phuoc Vinh, RVN. His tour began on 15 November 1970.

He was lost during Lam Son 719, during a night mission in Cambodia.

1st Lt. Lawrence E. Lilly (P) (MIA/BNR)
Capt. David P. Schweitzer (P) (Rescued)

" On March 17, 1971, Capt. David P. Schweitzer, pilot and 1Lt. Lawrence E. Lilly, co-pilot, comprised the crew of an AH-1G helicopter (serial #69-17935) conducting a visual reconnaissance mission. As the aircraft was near a landing zone . . ., it was hit by enemy fire of the F-21B Infantry Regiment, 5th Viet Cong Division and forced to the ground. The LZ was deep inside Cambodia in the Snuol District of Kracheh (Kratie) Province, near Seang Village.

Rescue efforts were successful in extracting Capt. Schweitzer, but due to heavy enemy fire, they were forced to leave the area before Lilly could be extracted. Lt. Lilly was last seen by U.S. personnel lying on his back wth his shirt partially open and blood on his chest and neck. He was observed being fired upon by Viet Cong forces."

Lt. Lilly remains MIA

He left a wife, Nancy, at his passing. They had married in Alexandria, Virginia in 14 June 1968.  His father was Col. Bobby J. Lilly, USAF who passed in 2010.
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