|From Boise Idaho Statesman
April 09, 2008
11:15 a.m. -- Boise soldier is second in two days from Treasure Valley to die in Iraq
The Department of Defense confirmed the death of a second soldier to die in two days in Iraq.
Sgt. Michael T. Lilly, 23, of Boise died Monday in Sadr City, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked using a rocket propelled grenade.
On Tuesday the military announced the death of Army Major Stuart Wolfer of Emmett. Wolfer died in a rocket attack at a U.S. base in Baghdad on Sunday.
Lilly and another soldier killed the same day, Army Spc. Jason C. Kazarick of Oakmont, Penn., were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
According to Lilly’s family in Boise, the Borah High School grad joined the Army out of patriotism, motivated to enlist as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Lilly enlisted on Sept. 11, 2002, a year after the attacks.
In Iraq, Lilly was working as an infantryman during some of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks.
Lilly leaves behind his wife who is from the Boise area, his mother and father who reside in the Boise area, two brothers and a sister, a great grandmother, a grandmother, uncle and stepfather, in addition to numerous other relatives and friends.
“We are very proud of Michael, and we will miss him forever,” his mother said in a prepared statement. His family has asked the media to respect their privacy. “We all loved him very much. Michael knew he had an important job to do, and he did it. He knew what he was doing was important, and there was never any question in his mind that serving in the Army was what he needed to do. His whole life, he wanted to serve our country. He was a good son, a loving husband, a good friend and a patriotic person…that’s why he joined the Army.”
“Michael loved Idaho, loved the United States and loved the Army,” Lilly’s father said. “He was on his second enlistment and he told me he was going to re-enlist a third time. He felt so strongly about his career in the Army that he was willing to put that above everything else. With Michael, it was Army and Country first.”
In addition to providing condolences to the family, The Idaho National Guard is providing casualty assistance.
“Sgt. Michael T. Lilly was a patriot who answered the call to duty and served with honor,” said Lt. Col. Marsano with the National Guard in Boise.
Stay with IdahoStatesman.com as this story develops.