Army: No Bullet Wound Found On Soldier In Skype Death

Army investigators say that no bullet wound was found on a deceased soldier


A wife helplessly watched on her end of the computer as her husband suddenly fell over during a video chat.

Skype is a lifeline for so many deployed soldiers and their spouses, giving an illusion of "being there" despite the miles of separation. But as her husband, fine just seconds before, suddenly slumped over before her eyes but an ocean away, Susan Orellana-Clark could do nothing but watch in horror.

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's family released a statement describing what his wife saw in the video feed recording her husband's death.

"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."

The statement says the Skype link remained open for two hours on April 30 as family and friends in the U.S. and Afghanistan tried to get Clark help.

"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.

But Army investigators say no bullet wound was found on Clark's body, and do not suspect foul play.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death.

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.

Clarence Davis, spokesman for William Beaumont Army Medical Center, declined to comment on Clark's family's statement.

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

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 9.

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  • by jazzcat on May 7, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    If this turns out to be a friendly fire or 'fragging' incident, I wonder how many of the xenophobes will be back with follow up comments...
  • by The.Government.Is.Against.Us on May 7, 2012 at 01:01 AM
    Uh oh the government's assassin is going to be in trouble for not realizing the man was on Skype before taking the shot. Probably just the government cutting a loose end, but now the ends even looser. . .
  • by katie Location: c/s on May 6, 2012 at 09:15 PM
    My prayers go with you and your family during this difficult time. Please do not let those who are insensitive cause you even more pain. Gis bless you.
  • by @cs on May 6, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    Muslim is not a race, thus he is not a racist. However, Islam is a religion. Are you a religionist?
  • by FracWrench Location: Co. Springs on May 6, 2012 at 02:51 PM
    Wow...I am terribly sorry for the wife to have witnessed this. This is very depressing to hear. I pray that she and her kids may find peace in this difficult time, especially under the circumstances. We as civilians and former Veterans need to thank each and every man and woman in uniform for what they do, regardless of how we feel about the war. R.I.P. Sir.
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      by Reality on May 6, 2012 at 03:24 PM in reply to FracWrench
      Just to clarify, a former Veteran would be one that either rejoined the military or is now deceased, either way, it would be tough for that category to join you in a round of applause for the military. As a Veteran, I think the military is well paid for their services. You want to thank a group, try thanking the firefighters, police officers and teachers. They don't print enough money to do those jobs.
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        by jazzcat on May 7, 2012 at 06:19 AM in reply to Reality
        Firefighters, police officers, and teachers are due no more gratitude than military members, school janitors, and administrative clerks. All involved knew what they signed up for. If any of them believe they're entitled to more, they should find another line of the private sector.
  • by Sharon Location: Colorado Springs on May 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    Ma'am, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you lived with the daily thought that your husband might not come home, but I also know you never expected to lose him in such a tragic manner. Nothing I can say can ease your grief, but please know that there are many of us who care for you and your family and support you at this time. And please let me also apologize on the behalf of the folks here who saw fit to soil this time with ridiculous arguments over ideology and grammar. God bless you, dear lady.
  • by Wow on May 6, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Became grammar is extremely relevant to the death of a service member? May he rest in peace, and my sincere condolences to the family members he left.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    I can't imagine the horror of what this poor lady witnessed. My condolences and prayers go out to her and the family. I hope for a follow-up story of what happened.
  • by Geoff on May 4, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    The fact he was alone confuses me, usually you would have a team with you, maybe he was eating and was choking? For him to be in a fire fight he would have to be off FoB but he had WiFi that's how he skyped. Confusing. Maybe it was an accidental death, fact of the matter is the fact that he died and his wife witnessed it. My prayers go out to the family and to all the men and women who sacrificed everything to protect and those who still are!
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    From the article: Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's death. Clark, a 43-year-old Army chief nurse, So he is a medical officer. Reading is fundamentalal. Note too self use spell check dumbarse.
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      by LedHed on May 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM in reply to
      Should be: "Note 'to' self". Swing and a miss...
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        by Good to see.... on May 4, 2012 at 01:02 PM in reply to LedHed
        the spelling police are on duty! I feel better now, and I'm sure the "spelling policeman" is feeling really proud!
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          by LedHed on May 4, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to Good to see....
          You must be one of the "arses" alluded to, trying to cover your tracks, truly sad. When folks complain about spelling, grammar, syntax and other issues, then commit the foul/s themselves, they deserve ridicule, and I'm sure that's something you're faced with daily.
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          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 05:41 AM in reply to Good to see....
          'fouls' doesn't need the /. This is getting ridiculous! Why is it so important???
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          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 06:47 AM in reply to Good to see....
          At first, the grammar correcting thing was mildly irritating, then it got funny. Now it's disturbing. I was a proof reader by trade and didn't work this hard. It's as if he/she wakes up, quickly brushes his/her teeth and thinks: "I must get on the computer. I know they are making typos." We're not writing our thesis! We're responding to a news article we found interesting. God help us if we slip, because we're told we 'deserve ridicule', we're 'idiots', 'arses', and we are the product of incest. And, there is no hope for a reprieve.
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          by LedHed on May 5, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to Good to see....
          You again? Time is short (some of us have lives away from this forum), so I'll say only this: your willing acceptance of a lower standard of discourse here is probably indicative of what you settle for elsewhere, thus your faux indignation. And btw, people don't "make" typos, they simply occur unintentionally. Proofreader by trade? Small wonder why you're no longer in that line of work.
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          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 07:26 AM in reply to Good to see....
          I KNEW you were circling!
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