June 18, 2012

Joseph Lilly

Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly, age 25, of Flint, Michigan, died on June 14, 2012, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 18th Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

He had attended Carman-Ainsworth High School and graduated in 2005. 

Joseph had previously deployed to serve in Iraq from August 2009 to July 2010. He had currently deployed to Afghanistan in April of 2012.

Saint Joseph the Worker, pray
for Joseph Lilly
His awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medal awards; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; two Army Good Conduct Medal awards; National Defense Service medal; Global War on Terrorism Service medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign star; Korean Defense Service medal; Army Service ribbon; and two Overseas Ribbon awards. 

High school officials describe Joseph as enthusiastic, helpful and humorous. 

Family members stated that Joseph always planned to make the military his career. They also stated that he valued freedom and his family. He was intelligent and helpful and a committed father to his son. 

Joseph is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his wife, Katrina Lilly; their 3-year-old son, Alexander Lilly; and his Aunt, Martha Alexander. He was predeceased by his mother, Lilla.

Let us pray that Joseph Lilly is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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