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Fort Bragg Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

A Fort Bragg Army master sergeant was killed by gunfire while fighting in Afghanistan.

The military says Arthur L. Lilley of Smithfield, Pennsylvania was killed Friday. He was 35. Lilley was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His father, Arthur F. Lilley, says his son joined the military in 1990 and fought in Desert Storm. He was also in Iraq last year. Arthur F. Lilley says his son had about 25 combat badges and loved what he was doing. Lilley's mother Elizabeth says her son was colorblind and --couldn't-- pursue his goal of being an air traffic controller for the Air Force, so the Army became an option he never regretted.

Lilley and his wife Christine were active at Saint Andrew's
United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He's survived by his wife, a 10-year-old daughter, and an 8-year-old son. A memorial service was scheduled for three o-clock Sunday afternoon at Saint Andrew's.


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