35-year-old US Army Sergeant 1st Class Clark A. Corley Jr., from California
, was one of three American soldiers killed in action when their patrol was hit by the blast of an insurgent bomb on 3rd December 2011. The incident happened in Wardak province.
Sergeant Corley served with the Texas-based 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in December 1995 and had been previously stationed at Fort Benning, Fort Irwin, Fort Lee, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and South Korea.
Sgt. Corley's decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal-Fourth Award, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge.
He leaves behind his wife and one child.
The other soldiers killed were: Spc Thomas Mayberry, and Spc Ryan Lumley