So this is just me thinking out loud here, but what do you suppose this guy was doing while Skyping with his wife?
Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, the 43-year-old Beaumont Army Medical Center nurse who died Monday in Afghanistan, was not injured during combat, officials said.
Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, the 43-year-old Beaumont Army Medical Center nurse who died Monday in Afghanistan, was not injured during combat, an official said.
A Beaumont spokesman said his death was not a result of enemy attack.
“It wasn’t a result of hostile action,” said public affairs officer Clarence Davis. “He was not wounded.”
Clark, 43, was talking to his wife on Skype at the time of his death, the wife’s family said in a prepared statement.
“Bruce’s wife tragically witnessed her husband’s death during one of their regular Skype video chats,” the statement said.
His wife had hoped that Clark would be revived by medical personal, but he died on Monday.
“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,” the statement said.
His brother, Justin Hallenbeck, said the family is waiting for the Department of Defense to determine the cause of death.
Clark’s body is being transported to Spencerport, N.Y., where he lived with his wife.
A memorial service is being scheduled in his hometown, Addison, Mich., said Hallenbeck.
“He was a great guy and a loving brother,” Hallenbeck said. “He always had a smile and was having a good time.”
Clark grew up on a farm and always enjoyed outdoor activities, Hallenbeck said. The oldest of eight, he had four sisters and three brothers.
Hallenbeck looked up to his brother, who even spent time as a volunteer firefighter, he said.
Clark was a part of A Company, Troop Command at Beaumont, and he deployed to Afghanistan in March.
He was stationed in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, which was described by Army officials as a town of about 10,000 people.
His awards include the Army Commendation Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Medal.