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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 pm

FORT HOOD - Post officials on Wednesday released the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his off-post residence in Harker Heights on Saturday and pronounced dead by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cook.

Staff Sgt. Donald Perry Sumner Jr., 41, of Augusta, Ga., entered the military in November 1988 as a motor transport operator. He arrived at Fort Hood in August 2010 and was assigned to the 67th Forward Support Company, 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since May.

Circumstances surrounding Sumner's death are under investigation.

Sumner deployed to Iraq from February 2003 to February 2004, January 2005 to January 2006, May 2007 to October 2007 and November 2008 to October 2009.

His awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, four Southwest Asia Service Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait Liberation) and the Drivers and Mechanics Badge.

- M. Clare Haefner

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