"World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured Sunday in Iraq when their convoy was hit with an improvised explosive device. Viewers are sharing their thoughts and condolences on the ABCNEWS.com message boards. Below is a small sampling:
We need you back Bob !!!! I was so saddened to hear the news about the incident in Iraq today. I have been a loyal viewer of WNT for about 20 years now, and I was really impressed with Bob's integrity and professionalism when he accepted the enormous responsibilities of Peter's chair along with Elizabeth. I know that Bob's family and friends must be torn and anxious right now, but they should know that we, the viewers, are all pulling for him and his teammate. Best hopes for a speedy recovery Bob, we can't wait to see you reporting again. Get well soon,
You guys are my heroes -- alaska_annie, age 17
Get Well Prayers I want to thank Bob, Doug, and all the newspeople who keep us informed. Without them, we wouldn't know what was going on around the world. I want to offer my prayers to their families. Get Well Bob and Doug. God Bless you all and we love you.
What a shocking news! My deep prayer for complete and quick recovery. I have greatest respect for Bob and his crew as journalists. A prayer from South Korea, Jae-Soon Yoo.
Bob and Doug, hang in there, you're gonna make it My heart goes out to them and their families, including the abc family. It also brings the war home to millions of Americans, that we are losing men and women and they are suffering, not to mention the Iraqi civilians who have died. Many Americans seem oblivious to the fact that there is a war going on. Considering the average age of the men and women in this war is under 24, it makes it more poignant. We see Bob Woodruff almost daily. Now millions know he's injured and will be scarred for life. Maybe we can start looking at the war differently.
I send my sincere wishes for a complete and speedy recovery to Mr. Woodruff and Mr. Vogt. As the mother of a US Marine in Iraq for the 3rd time, I have come to depend on the news. No one does it better than reporters on the scene. I'm sure that like our soldiers and Marines, they knew the dangers going in. Thank God they chose to bring the news to us anyway. My appreciation and prayers go out to both men and their families.
Peter Is Watching Over Them At this most critical time, I'm convinced that Peter Jennings is watching his friends, from above, and helping to guide the various doctors who will need to attend to the injuries. The news media has only a few gentlemen to report the events of the world. These 'gentle men' have our prayers and concern. I wish their family members peace.
Bob and Doug Being a neurosurgeon reservist, I spent three months at Landstuhl treating our war wounded. I can attest that Bod and Doug are receiving the finest care this country has to offer. No distinction is made between soldier and civilian who come for medical care at Landstuhl. They are all treated as Americans in this fight for the democratization of Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are for Bob, Doug, their families as they have always been for our wounded military soldiers.
One of my best friends' son is currently stationed in Iraq War is an extremely dangerous business. I pray for his safe return as well as all our soldiers. We sometimes forget that the people bringing us the news are also on the front lines. We pray for Bob and Doug's recovery.
Woodruff/Vogt I don't mean to be insensitive to the fate of the ABC pair, but one can't turn to any American news source this morning without being overwhelmed by the story … Personally, I grasp for perspective when I hear about another 30 or 50 innocent Iraqis dying at the hands of yet another mindless suicide bomber--or see a poignant profile of another American soldier killed by IEDs. The damage wrought by the US invasion of Iraq is beyond astonishing and it will take decades to repair. It is inevitable that journalists covering such an explosive and uncontained military mess would be impacted by the same dangers that afflict soldiers and civilians caught daily in the line of fire.
What about the other thousands of dead and wounded As I'm watching ABC devote literally hours of press to one of their own, I'm left to ponder the fate of the thousand of wounded or dead in Iraq … Again, this not meant as directing any ill will towards the tragedy and do feel for them and their families, just not any more or less than anyone else over in Iraq.
We admire and appreciate all that the journalists and photographers endure to bring the war back home. Our son, a Marine, served our country in the initial invasion of Baghdad. His unit was joined by war correspondent, Martin Savage of CNN. We watched and listened intently to all broadcasts that came from IRAQ. Our appreciation to the war journalists and photographers is endless.
-- Tony and Brenda Campagna
Bob and Doug When I heard the news, I was horrified. My husband was one of the lucky ones and came home from Iraq last February. When I told him the news and where it occurred, he grew silent and solemnly said "I bet it was an IED" As a medic in the Army Reserves, he saw first hand the effects of IEDs on soldiers, civilians and locals. Our prayers are with the Woodward and Vogt families, and the ABC family. Landstuhl Medical Facility in Germany is one of the finest U.S. Military hospitals in the world. Please be assured that they are in the finest of hands.
-- Lisa in Chicago
I am so saddened as I read of this tragic accident. My prayers are with both men, their families and their colleagues at ABC, as well as with all of our soldiers. I pray for a full recovery and look forward to Bob's first night back as the co-anchor. God Bless. Praying in Kentucky
The NBC Anchor that died embedded with our troops -- This morning when I heard the news of Bob Woodruff and Doug, I couldn't help but recall the death of the NBC journalist, David Bloom that died. Although, David's death was due to more "natural" causes, it still makes you think how all these great journalists are in terrible danger while trying to bring us the news about this ridiculous war in Iraq.
To The Woodruff and Vogt Families I just wanted you to know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. My little brother is in the Army currently serving in Iraq … I completely understand the dangers of being in Iraq. If it were not for the journalists who are brave enough to travel to Iraq, the "real" stories in that region would never make it back to our televisions. God Bless you Mr. Woodruff and Mr. Vogt, and your families during this difficult time … I'll continue to pray for your speedy recovery.
Prayers for the injured I was deeply shocked to hear of the injuries to Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt this morning. They are in my prayers, as are others injured in Iraq, and I include their families and colleagues. Their occupation is by definition dangerous, but somehow we always think they will escape. May they heal well, now.
A Michigander's thoughts & prayers Mr. Woodruff, Mr. Vogt and their families; our thoughts and prayers are with you both. … I pray that your families are comforted and know that you guys are in GOOD hands! May God grant you both strength. The Gheorghiu Family in Michigan
Prayers from An Army Mom Who Knows … My younger son spent March 31, 2003 - 2004 in Sadr City, a Baghdad suburb, with the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment. That year was for us one long nightmare of fear; every soldier killed or wounded anywhere in Iraq was, and still is, as our own. We were blessed to have our son come home, in spite of the many IED attacks, ambushes, and casualties his regiment suffered. We are especially grateful, as he was the driver and gunner for the Captain - the lead Humvee on every patrol.
To the wives and children of Bob and Doug: My heart, prayers, and tears are with you this night and the following days. … I hope you feel my arms -- and those of millions of Americans -- holding you during this painful time.
A dangerous profession As the only Panamanian journalist to cover the second Gulf War it is only fair to remind all the folks that are hoping for a quick recovery of Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt, of the many dangers faced by journalists in a war zone. Good coverage and good reporting are sometimes accomplished at the risk of life and limb. 79 journalists have already paid the supreme price in bringing you the news from Iraq. Let us pray that our friends at ABC News recover completely, saludos,
-- Tomas Cabal, ABC News-Panama
--Thanks to Bob and Doug and all the brave war correspondents throughout our nation's history. What a noble calling!