On Tuesday, May 1st 2012, we learned that our loved one, Captain Bruce Kevin Clark, a model father, husband, family member, U.S. Army Chief Nurse, and American citizen, died while serving our country in Afghanistan. Bruce’s wife tragically witnessed her husband’s death during one of their regular Skype video-chats on Monday, April 29th 2012. 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. The official cause of death has not yet been released by the Army and the family is awaiting the result of the investigation currently being conducted by the military in Afghanistan. Arrangements are being made for a funeral in Spencerport, NY, and a memorial service in Addison, MI. We deeply appreciate your prayers and support as you mourn this loss with us. While we understand the interest our family’s tragedy will attract given the unique circumstances, we ask that our privacy be respected during our time of grief.
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. He was deeply honored to serve his country, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve people, his children, family, community, and church. CPT Clark’s Commander in Afghanistan informed his wife that he was the recipient of formal honors upon departing Afghanistan. The Commander noted that the ceremony was very moving and dignified. Special Operations soldiers from both the United States and Australia lined up to render CPT Clark their final honors. CPT Clark was described by his commander as “awesome,” “a professional,” and “a great asset, leader, and friend,” and he noted that CPT Clark “made long days and nights a lot shorter.” CPT Clark’s family is proud of his awards and decorations, which to date include the Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service, Medal National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal.