Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark of Addison, Michigan, died on May 1 in Tarin Kowt in central Afghanistan. While the Department of Defense is not saying what were the circumstances of his death, an investigation is now going forward. However, modern social media may be able to shed some light. According to a family statement, “Bruce’s wife tragically witnessed her husband’s death during one of their regular Skype video-chats …" WHAM, Channel 13 of Spencerport NY reported on the evening of May 3, "At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be. 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.”
Capt. Clark, 43, was a U.S. Army nurse. He was raised in rural Michigan and moved to western New York some 12 years ago. His wife is from New York, where the couple lived in Spencerport near Rochester. In his 30s, Clark joined the Army and was later assigned to a company out of William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso TX. "Bruce (or Kevin as many knew him) was known for his calm, steady, and caring personality, and his love of service. When you were in Bruce’s presence it was apparent he served a higher purpose," according to the family statement, as reported by YNN TV of Rochester NY.
It is on social media, too, that condolences and tributes in the wake of Capt. Clark’s death are emerging. On Facebook, Scott Hougton wrote, "Many of my fondest childhood memories involve Kevin and Amy. I am convinced that I am the husband and father that I am today because I grew up in Addison. The closeness of this small community will shine again through this tragedy. We'll meet again some day my friend."
Another poster on Facebook, Lisa Bates, posted a photo of a flag at half staff and wrote, "In honor of a hero!" In addition, posters wrote condolences to Clark’s wife, Susan, and daughters, Camille, 3, and Catherine,9. Among them, Shelly Logar wrote, "I do not have the words to adequately express my sorrow over your loss-- I do want you to know that I am so very proud of you, your service, your faith, and sadly, your ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten Bruce, and we will all continue to hold Susan and your beautiful girls in our hearts and hands. Rest in Peace."
Capt. Clark graduated the College of Brockport with a nursing degree in 2006. While there, he served as a volunteer firefighter. Clark has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Medal National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal.