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Fort Riley soldier dies after he’s discovered suffering from head wound

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FORT RILEY, Kan. — On Tuesday, at about 5:30 p.m., a 1st Infantry Division Soldier was discovered with a head wound in his off-post residence in Grandview Plaza, Kansas, and died early on Wednesday.

Spc. Matthew P. Grimes, 27, was assigned to B Co., 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Grimes joined the Army in October 2012 and arrived at Fort Riley in August.

No other individuals were injured. Police are investigating the circumstances of Spc. Grimes’ death.

Spc. Grimes’ military occupational specialty was 15Y, an AH-64D Apache helicopter armament, electrical, and avionics system repairer, and he previously deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. His home of record was Ware, Massachusetts.

“Matthew’s time as a Big Red One Soldier was spent encouraging and motivating his teammates,” said Col. Thomas Cyrulik, commander of the 1st Combat Aviation Bde. “He was a valuable asset to his unit and will be greatly missed by the rest of the team, his family and friends.”