This story emerged last week as a sad, yet unusual death of a U.S. soldier deployed to Afghanistan.Capt. Bruce Clark, 43, was Skyping with his wife from Tarin Kowt Afghanistan, about 85 miles north of Kandahar, April 30, during one of their scheduled calls when he pitched forward unresponsive.
More than 7,000 miles away in their El Paso home, his wife Susan frantically reached out to Tarin Kowt emergency base services, but it took a full two hours before anyone came to her husband’s aid
and by the time they arrived, he was pronounced dead.Susan originally said only that her husband showed no alarm or discomfort, and she was awaiting the military’s decision on the cause of death.
But when the Army came out ruling Clark died from natural causes, Susan decided it was time to speak up about what she believes she saw.
In a statement released by the family, Susan describes what she witnessed in the moments leading up to her husband’s death, and in the two hours their Skype chat remained running.
Via Military Times:
“Clark was suddenly knocked forward,” the statement said. “The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of CPT Clark’s wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole.”
“After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs. Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife,” the statement said.
Susan says she released the information to “to honour my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties.”
The military says it took so long for help to arrive because Susan’s calls were routed through several stateside commands before reaching Afghanistan.
Officials familiar with the case also announced that while Clark’s death was ruled non-suicide and non-combat related, cause of death will not officially be announced until toxicology and an autopsy have been concluded.
Clark joined the Army in 2006 after earning his nursing degree from SUNY Brockport. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
By all accounts he was a good guy, a solid soldier, and will be sorely missed by his command and his family.
09:30 May 7: The Army officially announced it found no bullet wound on Capt. Clark’s body. While looking for that announcement on Twitter, I noticed speculation over Clark’s death is running wild, with some people claiming he was killed by a sniper.
Regardless of the military findings it looks like rumour could follow this story for some time.
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