first published on February 25, 2016 by Will
A recent story made national headlines about a Bronze Star recipient, combat veteran Marine being attacked and subsequently hospitalized in Washington D.C. The story went viral because the Marine was the subject of an iconic war photo, showing him helping to carry a wounded buddy out of the kill zone.
It has now come to our attention that on the very same night, February 12, a second Marine was beaten and hospitalized in a separate incident in the same city. Iraq veteran Michael Schroeder, 35, was walking home after a night out with his friends. As he rounded a corner, he was struck from behind, knocking him unconscious.
The blow fractured the Marine’s skull, and he has no recollection of the incident. He was left with a severe concussion, was going into convulsions, and had to receive staples in his head. Schroeder was robbed of somewhere between $40 and $60 in cash, and is believed to have been left for dead, lying in the street for one or two hours before before an ambulance arrived. Schroeder has no recollection of the event.
Security camera footage shows Schroeder walking through a parking lot just feet from where the incident occurred, but the attacked happened out of frame. As of right now there are no leads on any suspects.