Wounded CBS Reporter Flown To Germany

Injured CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier lays on a stretcher as she is lifted into an ambulance after arriving from Iraq on a C17 Globemaster at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, southern Germany, Tuesday, May 30, 2006.
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CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier - critically wounded Monday by a bomb that killed cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan – arrived Tuesday at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, for treatment at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a U.S. military hospital.

The three journalists - embedded with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division – were doing a Memorial Day story about what life is like for the troops in Baghdad when an explosives-packed car nearby suddenly blew up.

Dozier, Douglas and Brolan had been riding in an armored vehicle but at the time of the blast - in the Karada section of Baghdad - they were outside on the street, accompanying troops who had stopped to inspect a checkpoint manned by the Iraqi Army.

Douglas, 48, and Brolan, 42, died at the scene of the explosion, which also killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter and wounded six U.S. soldiers.

Kimberly Dozier, 39, was flown to a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad, where she underwent two surgeries for injuries from the bombing and was stabilized enough to be able to make the trip early Tuesday to Germany.

According to a man who answered the phone at the home of Dozier's mother in Maryland, the family is flying to Germany to be by her side at Landstuhl.

CBS News correspondent David Martin reports doctors in Iraq were able to remove shrapnel from Dozier's head but her more serious injuries are to her lower body. Doctors have said that they are cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

Douglas, who was British, leaves a wife, Linda; two daughters, Kelly, 29, and Joanne, 26; and three grandchildren. Brolan, who was also British, leaves a wife, Geraldine, and two children, Sam, 18, and Agatha, 12.

The attack was among a wave of car and roadside bombs that left about three dozen people dead before noon Monday, including one explosion that killed 10 people on a bus. Nearly all the attacks occurred in Baghdad.

"This is a devastating loss for CBS News," said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, in a statement calling the three journalists "veterans of war coverage who proved their bravery and dedication every single day. They always volunteered for dangerous assignments and were invaluable in our attempt to report the news to the American public."

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of Paul and James, and we are hoping and praying for a complete recovery by Kimberly," said McManus. "Countless men and women put their lives on the line, day in and day out, in Iraq and other dangerous spots around the world, and they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the work they do." McManus said.

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Douglas, 48, had worked for CBS News in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, since the early 1990s. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Brolan, 42, was a freelancer who had worked with CBS News in Baghdad and Afghanistan over the past year. He was part of the CBS News team that had received a 2006 Overseas Press Club Award for its reporting on the Pakistan earthquake.

"James was the best dad, the best husband and the best mate to be with in a tight spot out in the field," Brolan's family said in a statement. Before turning to journalism, Brolan served in the British Army, in the Royal Green Jackets infantry regiment, an experience that served him well in his chosen profession. His family says he "had a natural way with people and was always in demand as the person to go with to the world's trouble spots; always putting the locals at ease, winning friends everywhere he went and always putting in his best effort."

Brolan is survived by his wife of 20 years, Geri, and two children: 18-year-old Sam and 12-year-old Agatha.