"A wolf pack of at least 30 thugs viciously attacked two hero ex-Marines in Brooklyn after they rescued a teenage girl who was being assaulted, police and witnesses said yesterday.
And when the brother of one of the former servicemen tried to come to his rescue during the July 25 melee in Coney Island, he was beaten into a coma.
The former leathernecks, Valentyn Olenyev, 23, and Boris Bukler, 22, Russian émigrés who served tours in Iraq, were walking a female friend to her parked car on West 23rd Street at 12:30 a.m. when they spotted two men holding the screaming teen by her hands and legs.
"She was yelling, 'Help!' " said Olenyev. "I asked her, 'Do you need help?' She said, 'Yes!"
"It wasn't our intention to get into a fight," said Bukler. "We said, 'Let the girl go, and we'll leave.' We told them, 'Stop.'
"She was screaming, and all we did was look to help her. I got a bottle smashed over my head, and after that, I started fighting. But I got beat down.
"I was getting my ass kicked by 50 people."
Their friend called Olenyev's brother, Ivan, 22.
"When I showed up, there were a lot of people there, people on the left and people on the right, and then - 'Boom!' - I got hit and passed out," Ivan told The Post from his hospital bed.
Police sources said he was pounded senseless by 240-pound Timothy Dixon, 23, who was swinging a metal baseball bat.
Ivan suffered multiple facial fractures and will require plastic surgery.
The NYPD is looking for Dixon, who remains at large.
The teenage girl fled after the melee.
The two former Marines, meanwhile, insist that the violence had racial overtones, although the assault has not been labeled a bias crime.
Bukler said, "Those in the crowd were yelling, 'Hey, white boys, you're in the 'hood now!' We were yelling back, 'We don't care - we live here!'Search high and low. Leave no stone unturned, even. Then let me know the last time you heard of a black being charged with a hate or bias crime against a white.
And this is NYC, mind you. Where only criminals can have weapons, but our helping hand Leathernecks would have been more fortunate had firearms been employed, at least statistically so, since 99% of all shots are taken by minorities, at minorities. And not for nothing, but hadn't anyone told the authors of this piece that there is no such an animal as an EX-Marine?