Community Names Bridge Honoring War Hero's Memory
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on October 13, 2012 @ 10:53PM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:52PM
Some Monongalia County residents were honoring a war hero who was never found during the Vietnam War. They dedicated a memorial bridge in his name to help keep his memory alive.
Friends and family of Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Baxter Lilly met at Lakeview Resort to celebrate everything he did for our country. Lilly was promoted from Major to Lieutenant while he was M.I.A from 1971-1978. He never knew about his accomplishments but his friends and family said they're forever proud.
"It means it's quite an honor for him and it's an honor for our family. It will be something that will be in perpetuity," said Jan H. Lilly, Carroll's Brother.
Lilly's classmate and friend, Jim Ackerman, put a lot of hard work in getting the I-68 bridge across Cheat Lake dedicated to Lilly after he was missing in action in 1971. Thanks to help from a few senators, his hard work paid off.
"It's something that I haven't forgotten about and I feel that this is the perfect time and place to have this bridge named after him for everything that he has done for this country and our way of life," said Ackerman.
16 years after the incident, his family received belongings of his that were kept on his body at all times but that was all that was recovered. It's still unknown what exactly happened to this Air Force Soldier but all who attended Saturday said he will never be forgotten for everything that he's done.
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