Fort Hood officials released the name of a soldier who died of injuries as a result of an apparent gunshot wound Thursday at his Killeen residence.

Sgt. Clayton Michael Willey, 24, of Joppa, Md., entered the military in March 2006 as a military police officer in the Army Reserve. He began his active-duty service in October 2010 as a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer. Willey came to Fort Hood in February 2011. He was assigned to Bravo Company, 57th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, since April 2011.

Willey deployed to Iraq from February 2008 to April 2009.

Willey’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicle Bar.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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