Death of soldier who died during Skype session with wife is under investigation

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This is odd. Are they able to skype while out of the base or does this mean he was somehow killed in the base? It doesn't say what the wife actually saw.

May 05, 2012|By the CNN Wire Staff

The death of a U.S. Army captain who died while engaged in a video chat with his wife from Afghanistan remained under investigation Saturday, the family said.

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark was in Tarin Kowt, about 85 miles (140 kilometers) north of Kandahar, when he died during a Skype session with his wife.

Clarence Davis, a spokesman for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where Clark was based, said that it has not been determined how Clark died and that the case is under investigation.


Clark's family said in a statement that they'd hoped for "a miracle" after his wife Susan saw what happened to Clark during their chat on Monday, but "it was not to be." They did not elaborate as to what took place.

"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," Clark's wife and family said Friday.

Clark -- known by many as Kevin -- was a chief nurse in the Army who amassed many honors in his military career, according to his family. Those include an Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Medal.

The longtime resident of Spencerport, New York, joined the Army in September 2006 and served, among other places, at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, according to a Beaumont Army Medical Center statement. More recently, he was based at that medical facility in southwest Texas and assigned to the Army's A Company, Troop Command.
"He loved being in the military," his sister-in-law Mariana Barry told CNN affiliate WHAM in upstate New York. "He was absolutely willing to make any sacrifice, and it's just horrible that this is the sacrifice he ended up making."

His commander described Clark, 43, as "awesome," "professional" and "a great asset, leader and friend," the family said.

After his death, special operations troops from the United States and Australia lined up to give him his final send-off from Afghanistan.
And on Thursday, his casket was wrapped in an American flag as it was transported off a military plane onto the tarmac of Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to the U.S. Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation.

While no dates have been given, the family said that Clark's funeral will be in Spencerport and a memorial service will be held in Addison, Michigan.
 

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This is odd. Are they able to skype while out of the base or does this mean he was somehow killed in the base? It doesn't say what the wife actually saw.
You know, I'm not one of those "Democrats/liberal love when soldiers die!" type people, but you absolutely love it when soldiers die, don't you?
 

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NYDN is saying the wife saw a bullet hole behind him.

DALLAS -- The family of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan said Sunday his wife saw a bullet hole in the closet behind him after he collapsed during a Skype video chat.

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's brother-in-law Bradley Taber-Thomas released a statement saying Clark's wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, was talking to her husband when he suddenly collapsed. Orellana-Clark saw a bullet hole in a closet behind him.

In the statement, Clark's wife said she was providing details of what she saw "to honor my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties."

Clark, 43, grew up in Michigan and previously lived in Spencerport, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester, his wife's hometown. He joined the Army in 2006 and was stationed in Hawaii before he was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. He deployed to Afghanistan in March.

Clark's body was returned Thursday to Dover Air Force Base.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 9
The statement says the Skype link remained open for two hours Monday as family and friends in the U.S. and Afghanistan tried to get Clark help. Then two military personnel arrived and appeared to check his pulse. The family says they gave no details on his condition to his wife.

The Pentagon has said the cause of Clark's death remains under investigation.[/quote]
 

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You know, I'm not one of those "Democrats/liberal love when soldiers die!" type people, but you absolutely love it when soldiers die, don't you?
I would love to see Ron Paul in the white house to get them out of there. A vote for Obama/Romney is a fuck you to the troops.
 

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You know, I'm not one of those "Democrats/liberal love when soldiers die!" type people, but you absolutely love it when soldiers die, don't you?
More than he enjoys taking his next breath. Just completely avoided your question in true AJ fashion.
 

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I bet it was Keyser Soze who did it.
 

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I'm going with suicide and the wife just can't accept it. Of course that'll give the Kirkers of the world more fodder.
 

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This is odd. Are they able to skype while out of the base or does this mean he was somehow killed in the base?
Somehow killed in the base?

Are you under the impression, in your sheltered Colorado bubble world, that "in the base" means that soldiers are somehow magically protected by an impenetrable shield of safety? You know... like how you are in mommy's basement?
 

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I'm going to put my Kirk tin foil hat on

This was done by the gov't because they don't want the troops having instant communication with anyone back home.

There will be such an outrage over this and to make sure the family of a dead solider will never have to deal with something like this again, Skype, e-mail, chat, satellite phone, ham radio, smoke signals etc... will have to be indefinitely suspended until alternative forms of communication are studied
 

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I'm going with suicide and the wife just can't accept it. Of course that'll give the Kirkers of the world more fodder.
The same way the Tillman family couldn't accept that there son was killed by the Taliban? Shot 3 times in the head from 10 yards away and then the Taliban somehow burned all the evidence. How dare the Tillmans not blindly believe whatever the government told them.
 

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This is the shittiest article ever. Did the guy just slump over and the the wife THOUGHT she saw a bullet hole in a cabinet over a shitty international skype connection, or did his fucking head explode and she heard a gun shot? Nice details, dick.
 

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I still don't know why Kirk is here or how he got here. Was he even a fan of O&A or did he get banned from some conspiracy board for being too extreme?
 

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Here's my two cents on Pat Tillman, and I'll ignore Kirks blatherings because they don't deserve my attention...

Pat Tillman was kind of a dick.

He enlisted in the Army because he wanted to just be a ground-pounder grunt.

"What we got here is a crusader."



And what does he then do? He talks shit about what a bunch of undisciplined, amoral slobs his fellow grunts are. Really, mister high-and-mighty white bread California football player? Your basic paid-shit, cannon fodder grunt doesn't meet up to your proper standards of what a noble and chivalrous warrior should be?

But, worse then that, Tillman then goes on to slam his superior senior enlisted and officers as a bunch of incompetent fools.

You know what the Army needs, football hero boy? The Army needs high quality officers to whip the amoral slob grunts into shape... but not you, of course. No... you enlisted rather than take the officer commission that you were more than qualified to take, mister college boy. Because you're just a fly on the wall right? Just a nobody, invisible grunt, right? A nobody who feels qualified and justified in talking shit about his officers and fellow soldiers.

How about this, Captain Critical? How about you step the fuck up, take your officer bars, and use your Superman football hero skills and your superior intelligence to make a fucking difference and make the Army a better, more effective and efficient fighting force? How about do that, rather than just playing the role of Superman in Clark Kent disguise while talking shit and bitching about it all to your stupid diary?

Ugh... Pat Tillman took his too-cool-for-the-uniform guy role to a preposterous extreme.
 

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I'm going with suicide and the wife just can't accept it. Of course that'll give the Kirkers of the world more fodder.
The same way the Tillman family couldn't accept that there son was killed by the Taliban? Shot 3 times in the head from 10 yards away and then the Taliban somehow burned all the evidence. How dare the Tillmans not blindly believe whatever the government told them.
The prosecution rests.
 

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I still don't know why Kirk is here or how he got here. Was he even a fan of O&A or did he get banned from some conspiracy board for being too extreme?
How many times must I explain this? I've been listening since day one on XM when you had to pay 2$ extra. I got XM because of the show. The reason I was turned onto the show is because I liked Tough Crowd and Norton was one of my favorite guests and I saw him wearing a O&A shirt one night. I looked it up and saw he was going to be the 3rd mic so I got XM. I was a bit of a neocon Sean Hannity guy at the time. I slowly woke up and wondered why Bush the supposed small government guy was increasing the size and power of government. One day it was a truth explosion when I heard Patrice on the show talking about the Obama deception for 2 hours straight. It all started making so much sense, Patrice woke me up and I've been a fan of the truth ever since.
 

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How many times must I explain this? I've been listening since day one on XM when you had to pay 2$ extra. I got XM because of the show. The reason I was turned onto the show is because I liked Tough Crowd and Norton was one of my favorite guests and I saw him wearing a O&A shirt one night. I looked it up and saw he was going to be the 3rd mic so I got XM. I was a bit of a neocon Sean Hannity guy at the time. I slowly woke up and wondered why Bush the supposed small government guy was increasing the size and power of government. One day it was a truth explosion when I heard Patrice on the show talking about the Obama deception for 2 hours straight. It all started making so much sense, Patrice woke me up and I've been a fan of the truth ever since.
And then what happened?
 

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Ok my Kirkspiracy bingo card just filled up. What do I win?
 

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One day it was a truth explosion when I heard Patrice on the show talking about the Obama deception for 2 hours straight. It all started making so much sense, Patrice woke me up and I've been a fan of the truth ever since.
Except both Patrice (and Bill Burr) have since renounced their conspirasheep thoughts. Patrice said he thought it was all lame (one of his last appearances. believe it was july), and Bill Burr turned a blind eye to it all as said on his podcast.

Norton doesn't buy it either, as he's confirmed multiple times.

Sooooo all those people you mentioned, think what you believe so staunchly, is a heavy bucket of liquid shit.

Thoughts? Any?

Subnote: Wouldn't have written, but ignore doesn't work on 'quotes' sadly. Thanks alot THP you sexy fuck.
 

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How many times must I explain this? I've been listening since day one on XM when you had to pay 2$ extra. I got XM because of the show. The reason I was turned onto the show is because I liked Tough Crowd and Norton was one of my favorite guests and I saw him wearing a O&A shirt one night. I looked it up and saw he was going to be the 3rd mic so I got XM. I was a bit of a neocon Sean Hannity guy at the time. I slowly woke up and wondered why Bush the supposed small government guy was increasing the size and power of government. One day it was a truth explosion when I heard Patrice on the show talking about the Obama deception for 2 hours straight. It all started making so much sense, Patrice woke me up and I've been a fan of the truth ever since.
No one cares about your life story, asshole.
 

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Ok my Kirkspiracy bingo card just filled up. What do I win?
Agenda 21 and a 40 year old textbook that's the new Mein Kamf.
 

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[video=youtube;lnelM6klBBY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnelM6klBBY&NR=1[/video]

He calls out the sheep at 3:00