Wife sees soldier die during Skype chat

2012-05-04 22:01

Houston - The wife of a US Army medic serving in Afghanistan witnessed his death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said onFriday.

The circumstances of Captain Bruce Kevin Clark's death on Monday were not immediately available.

"We are entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened to Captain Clark," Bradley Taber-Thomas, Clark's brother-in-law, told The Associated Press.

The Pentagon said the death of the 43-year-old officer was under investigation.

"Bruce's wife tragically witnessed her husband's death during one of their regular Skype video chats on Monday," Taber-Thomas said in a prepared statement.

"At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be.

Clark, an Army chief nurse, was deployed in March. Taber-Thomas said Clark is survived by his wife and two daughters, age 3 and 9.

Taber-Thomas said the soldier's body was returned on Thursday to the US.

"Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce's wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments," he said.

  • Dawood - 2012-05-04 23:00

    SAD ,VERY SAD. but as the US defence force says, "COLLATERAL DAMAGE."

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-05 08:25

      A true Fidel comment; Dripping of HATRED !!!!!!!

      Irene - 2012-05-05 16:30

      Anthony ~ Fidel doesn't have the moral compass to delete the post. It was reported and News24 deleted it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-05 16:59

      Neither does Dawood. Clearly deranged, with little human feeling.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-06 10:22

      Kaizer, WOW !!! , That must feel goood to get rid of some of your anti American feelings, even if its a load of BS !!!!!

      Gieljam - 2012-05-06 12:13

      Hey Dagwood be more diplomatic man

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 09:02

      The only good thing about the is it gave us Call of Duty

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 09:20

      Dripping of HATRED "Rest in pieces" Fidel 04-05-2012

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 14:43

      To say to someone, "rest in pieces" must be the most disgusting, dispicable comment one can make. Than when you get 70 thumbs down, to delete your comment, shows you also got no character. This Fidel,with her silly 50$ words, has not got the intelligence to make ANY comment, without HATRED!!

      Sharon - 2012-05-07 15:28

      @ dawood - you must be the result of a mistake

      marion.j.ervin - 2012-05-07 18:56

      Your name should be Dagwood - not Dawood so that someone could mistake you for a sausage. U wldnt know what"COLLATERAL DAMAGE." was even if it hit u in the face. U will never understand the pride and dignity of the US Military, nor the USA as a whole, its just tooo hard for you to understand matters of this level. U just a dumb ass. "The only COLLATERAL DAMAGE u'll ever understand is your own.

  • Raj - 2012-05-04 23:24

    R.I.P. Captain, you lost your life in the line of duty for your country, died as a hero. Thanks to technology you were blessed to have your final words with your loved one. However very very sad that she had to witness this horrific scene which she will never forget. Condolences to his wife, kids, family and friends..

      Smile - 2012-05-04 23:37


      shaunsm1th - 2012-05-05 08:05

      this is indeed very sad. fidel, as u said, wilfred owen put it best in his poem dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. he said there's no honour in dying for your country.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-05 10:33

      Shaunsm1th, You go and tell Wilfred Owen, that his "dulceetdecorumestpropatriamori" is a load of BS. Are you saying that the heroes who gave their lives, to free SA from tyranny, are not to be honoured ???????????????????

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-05 17:04

      A warrior spirit is a valuable part of our human personality. Without it we would be in great danger. There absolutely is honor in dying for a worthy cause. An example: ten years ago not a single girl was in school in Afghanistan. Taliban policy. Today two million are.

      Denny - 2012-05-07 10:25

      No AnthonyfromAfrica - Owen's poem deals with the propaganda spouted by all war leaders. They claim it is a "sweet and honourable thing" to die for one's country. This is in stark contrast to the grim reality. Politicians start wars and leave it to the people to get killed. It is a stretch to compare Apartheid to World War 1.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 15:30

      Denny, Sure, you are right, I acknowledge, that was not a clever comment of mine, actually , rather dumb !!

      Raj - 2012-05-07 22:31

      I wonder who thumbs down a R.I.P. (Rest In Peace message) Do you think they are Heartless and maybe believe in Satinism? I am not speaking about just the thumbs down on this but in general.

  • Ntokozo Lima - 2012-05-05 07:10

    What is happening to this world?

      Sharon - 2012-05-07 15:29

      obviously not enough

  • sadiemy - 2012-05-06 20:54

    This story makes no sense.What does it mean "they were hoping for a rescue and a miracle?" Was he being held captive? How did he die? Did she see him beheaded? Or shot? Or mauled to death by a previously tame pussy cat?

  • Diana - 2012-05-07 09:05

    American authorities should take this to their attention and stop sending their own people to death.

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  • Lindie - 2012-05-07 10:22

    This is so very sad!!

  • John - 2012-05-07 13:53


  • Dawood - 2012-05-07 21:43

    Marion just another foolish,thick,blindfolded,gullible idiot..the US army is just a proxy for big business to stretch its tentacles around the world for resources..but the fool u are,u believe everything u hear..make use of the little pea brain that u have...but i would'nt expect much from that..

      Craig Shaun Henry - 2013-05-28 11:15

      That may be, but the US wouldn't have reasons to police other countries, if they didn't give them any reasons.Look at Iraqs aggression against it's neighbours,they invaded other country,most middle eastern countries harbor terrorists and in my opinion just look for excuses to wage war, instead of bettering themselves. I'm glad that there was at least one country that was brave enough to take on these homocidal maniacs,we owe them our gratitude. I have no qualms about the US taking anything from such rogue states,they deserve to be punished and the people there live much better lives under US rule than the local terrorists.

  • MoAfrika - 2012-05-08 10:36

    LOL serves them right, what are they doing in other people's countries. HAHAHAHA i hope there are more cases like this.

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