Second Marine beaten and hospitalized in Washington D.C.

Michael Schroeder in the hospital recovering from his injuries

Two Marines were brutally attacked in Washington DC on February 12 in what are being considered two unrelated incidents.

One attack happened at a McDonald’s when multiple teenagers assaulted and robbed a veteran Marine who is well known for being in a famous photo from the battle of Fallujah in Iraq..

A second Marine, 35 year old Michael Schroeder, was left for dead after a being attacked in Northwest D.C. that same day, according to his family.

According to WUSA9, temperatures were considerably low on the night of the assaults. After being dragged between two cars and sustaining multiple head injuries and being robbed.

Thankfully, a dad and son driving by in a taxi saw Schroeder and called the authorities.

“It’s an angel whoever found him and I’m very, very grateful,” said the victim’s mother, Diedre Schroeder. She cried recounting the phone call. Her son was missing all day until his twin brother found Michael at George Washington Hospital.

Schroeder suffered a fractured skull and a severe concussion. According to his family, he had to get staples for his injuries and suffered convulsions and a high fever.

“Michael could’ve died that night,” Deidre Schroeder said.

Unfortunately, the family doesn’t know how things really happened.

“I wasn’t trying to find trouble. I was actually just trying to walk home,” said Schroeder.

That’s the last thing the Marine and Iraq War veteran says he remembers. Out drinking with friends that night, he separated to head home.

According to a D.C Police report, two officers responded to a 911 call and found Schroeder laying face-down between town cars. The report says he felt very cold, appeared highly intoxicated and was bleeding from the back of his head.

Surveillance video shows Schroeder walking through a parking lot at around 1:34 AM.  While Police say they responded at around 2:47 AM, surveillance footage shows the ambulance arriving hour later.

Schroeder’s twin brother, who is also a Marine, believes Michael laid there for at least an hour.

According to doctors, his injuries are consistent with someone attacking from behind.

“This will probably go down as an assault or attempted robbery, but when you hit somebody in the head and that hard enough to fracture their skull with something harder than a metal or fist, it should be looked at as attempted murder.”

“It’s hard for me to understand because there would’ve been zero reason for it,” said Michael Schroeder on why anyone would do something like this. The Marine told WUSA9 that while he still has his cell phone and ID, anywhere from $40 to $60 is missing from his pocket.

“This isn’t funny. This isn’t a joke. This is a very serious matter and this is in a lovely neighborhood of Washington D.C,” said Deidre Schroeder, hoping to bring awareness. More than anything, she hopes someone may help find whoever did this.

The police report is how the family learned that a father and son called 911. Police tell us they have not identified a suspect and do not believe this is related to any other attacks in the District.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Schroeder pay for his medical expenses. The Schroeder family says any extra money will go to the Recon and Sniper Foundation, a non-profit for veterans.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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