Lillian T. Harris – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Died on April 25, 1998, from cancer, at Potomac ManorCare.

Colonel Harris was a resident of Washington, DC for the past 50 years. She was a member of the original WAC (Women's Army Corps) and graduated in its first class. She served as an Executive Officer in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II in North Africa and Caserta, Italy. She was on General Eisenhower's staff in Northern Europe. She served in Okinawa, Japan as Staff Advisor Far East Command, during the Korean War and 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. She retired in 1968.

She was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit award.

She is survived by a nephew, Robert Harris; a sister-in-law, Betty Rufft of St. Joseph, MO, as well as her cousins, Gregory Snyder of Westfield, MA; Morgan Snyder of Front Royal, VA; Virginia Snyder Campbell of Williamsburg, VA and Edward Snyder of Willow, AK. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, 12141 Pine Needle Ct., Woodbridge, VA 22192. Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, June 15, 1998 at 10 a.m.


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