Lyon, Edwin Bowman was born on December 8, 1892 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. Son of William Braden and Corie (Bowman) Lyon.
Student State College, Mesilla Park, New Mexico, 1904-1910. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1915. Graduate Air Service Tactical School, 1924.
Distinguished graduated from Command and General staff schedul, 1927. Graduated from Army War College, 1932.
Commissioned Second lieutenant cavalry, United States Army, 1915, and advanced through the grades to major general. Transferred to Aviation Section, Signal Corps, 1917, to Air Service, 1920. Rated command pilot and combat observer.
Commander 6th Bomber Command, Moffett Field, California, 1941. Director section Air Force Personnel Council.