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Tango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt

In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were sticking out of the vehicle like a sore thumb, which made for an easy target.

Woodruff underwent surgery for head trauma, having part of his skull removed to reduce the swelling. Irrevocably, his life had changed. His injury became a hardship that I can only try to imagine enduring. His bad luck was my good luck. Or vice versa. Read more.