In a now-viral Facebook video, injured Marine Tagen Schmidt was promoted to lance corporal while in the hospital being treated for injuries sustained in an AAV fire. (Facebook video image)
Marine Tagen Schmidt was injured at Camp Pendleton, California, in an amphibious assault vehicle fire.
Fifteen service members were injured Sept. 13 when their Marine AAV caught fire, Corps officials said. In a now-viral Facebook video, Schmidt’s platoon showed up at the hospital to promote him to lance corporal. Watch the emotional ceremony below:
A Marine from Gillette who was critically injured during a training exercise in California has undergone painful skin grafts, lost 30 pounds and was on a ventilator to treat scorched lungs — but is determined to return to duty once he fully recovers.