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Clayton graduates Marine boot camp
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PFC Ken Clayton III

Warren County High School graduate Ken Clayton III has graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.

PFC Clayton, 27, sold a successful cellphone tower business to enlist in the Marines, his lifelong dream. He is a 2011 graduate of WCHS who grew up in this community.

PFC Clayton successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive boot camp training at Parris Island on Oct. 30. He was one of 51 recruits in Platoon 1072, 1st RTBN, Alpha Company.

While in recruit training, Clayton led the platoon to receive first place during Alpha Company Final Drill Inspection. He was platoon leader from day one of training until he retired his guidon on graduation day.

He was promoted from PVT to PFC on a meritorious recommendation from his senior drill instructor, and was selected as honor graduate of his platoon.

In addition, Clayton received a Challenge Coin from Major Gen. Bohm, the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

PFC Clayton is the son of Tish and Larry Cannon of Murfreesboro and Kenny Clayton Jr. of Smithville. He is the grandson of Angele and the late Morris Watson of McMinnville, and Kenneth and Ellen Clayton of Smithville. 

Following boot camp graduation, PFC Clayton immediately reported to Fort Geiger in North Carolina, which is part of Camp LeJeune, for two months of infantry training. He was picked up by Bravo Infantry Training Battalion. PFC Clayton’s permanent duty station following infantry training will be determined at a later date.