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First Name: Lillian

Last Name: Harris


Gender: Female

Branch: Women's Army Corps (1943 - 1978)

Date of Birth: 06 May 1913

Date of Death: 15 April 1998

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Lillian Harris

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Lillian Harris
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Lillian Harris was born on 6 May 1913.

Harris was a member of the original Women's Army Corps (WACs) and graduated in its first class. She served as an Executive Officer in the WACs during World War II in North Africa. She was on General Eisenhower's staff in Northern Europe, and served in Okinawa, Japan, as a Staff Advisor, Far East Command during the Korean War.

She finished her career at the Pentagon serving as a Logistics Officer. President Lyndon B. Johnson asked her to stay in the Army while he tried to get legislation passed to allow women to hold a rank higher than Lieutenant Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel Harris retired from the Army in 1968.

Medals and Awards

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Colonel Lillian Harris died on 15 April 1998. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2606   Created by: MHOH




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