Thomas Edward LilleySpecialist Four
HHC, 2ND BN, 35TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
30 January 1947 - 19 February 1968
Toms River, NJ
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The database page for Thomas Edward Lilley
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
Tom was a classmate at Toms River High School in 1965. He went into the Army, via the draft if I remember right, and I went into the regular Navy to fly patrol planes.
My squadron deployed to Vietnam in May of 1967. The glamour of being there dulled really quickly and became reality when we lost our first casualties. I learned of Tom's death via an article mailed to me by my mother.
He was a good friend and the effect on me was more than I could have imagined. We were not the best of friends, as we only get a few of them in life, but we shared many classes, busses and laughs together.
I came home and Tommy did not.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009