Arthur L. Lilley

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Master Sgt. Arthur L. Lilley

Special Forces A Detachment Team Sergeant

Company B, 2nd Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

KIA 15 June 2007 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in the Paktika Province, near Shkin, Afghanistan

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Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal(Saudi Arabia) , Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Special Forces Tab. 

 

Lilley is survived by his wife, Christine, daughter, Mackenzie and son, Cole of Spring Lake, N.C.; parents Arthur and Elizabeth Lilley of Smithfield, Pa.; brother Michael Lilley and wife Katya; half-brothers Bruce Sanford and wife Mary and James Sanford and wife Beth; half-sisters Sandra Horton and husband Rick and Jessica Barnett; grandmother Evelyn Barrett; grandparents Arthur and Edith Lilley, Ralph and Louise Barrett, and Jerry and Sondra Tate. 

Master Sgt. Arthur L. Lilley, 35, a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha team sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Lilley was born in Smithfield, Pa. He enlisted in the Army in June, 1990. 

Lilley was assigned to 2nd Bn., 7th SFG in August 2005. He was a Special Forces Soldier for 11 years and served with 1st Bn., 7th SFG as well as with the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion here.

Lilley enlisted as an infantryman in 1990. He first assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 

He then transferred to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508 Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy, in September 1992, where he served for just over two years. 

In 1995, he volunteered to become a Special Forces Soldier.

According to his military biography, Lilley graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1996 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, as a Special Forces engineer sergeant. In 2000, after serving four years in 7th Special Forces Group, he was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as an engineer sergeant and then first sergeant. 

In August 2005, Lilley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group and served there as an Operational Detachment - Alpha team sergeant until his death.


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**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC and the Modesto Bee used in this Article.

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