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Urinating Marines Identified

7 Battalion Members

Had Been Killed in Action

1/13/2012 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The U.S. Marines Corps has identified all four of the men seen urinating on the corpses of insurgent fighters in a viral video that emerged this week ... and they are all part of a sniper team based in North Carolina.

According to reports, all four members belong to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to the U.S. last fall after a tour in Afghanistan ... after 7 members of the 1,000-person battalion were killed in action.

So far, the names of the men have not been released.

CBSNews.com reports the men had been showing off the video as a "war trophy" at their home base in Camp Lejeune in NC.

At least two of the Marines have been interviewed by USMC officials -- but are not being detained.

A rep for the White House says President Barack Obama is aware of the video -- but would not say if he has actually seen it yet.

Hillary Clinton has condemned the video -- calling the action "deplorable behavior."

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Connie Cave    

How can ANY of us sitting in our homes judge what these YOUNG men did? They are in a war with some truly horrible people that have beheaded and done unspeakable acts to us. The stress they are under is unbelievable. If anyone has anything to say on this matter, why don't you go and visit the war zones and see what kind of things you start to do? If these marines are jailed for this, we should have a mass protest for their release. Who are we to judge ANYTHING they do over there? What do you think the Taliban would have done to our troops laying there dead? C'MON! War is War. Until WE are there fighting, and truly understand what it is like, we have no right to judge their actions. It's looks wrong to us here, but over there is a different world.

827 days ago
17.

Noyankee    

Maybe Hillary out to grab a weapon and join the boys before she makes ignorant comments.

827 days ago
18.

jeff    

Gotta be honest with you. I don't see any of the people calling the act "deplorable" actually willing to put their own lives on the line over there. They gripe and moan about how awful it is from the safety of their home. Now, I'm not saying that what these guys did was right by any stretch, but the guy being hydrated and his brethren would gladly have done FAR worse to any of the US military guys he could have gotten his hands on. I don't see anyone standing up against the slow slitting of throats (while alive), using women/children hopped up on opium to blow themselves and innocent bystanders up, and any of the other torture techniques the Taliban use. Complain if you like about what these guys did...but after you do, feel free to enlist and let's see how you deal with the stress of being shot at and having your friends killed.

827 days ago
19.

writenow    

This is exactly the type of Marine we get when we begin lowering our standards...and begin accepting people with the intelligence of a turnip. But we have lower standards because we refuse to pay our soldiers a decent living wage and take care of them when they are hurt. (But we are really big on parades.) So by accepting those with criminal records, and completely lacking in the ability to think long range...perhaps past the next beer, we end up with men urinating on corpses. If you want a better Marine then raise the bar. Pay a good wage and stop hounding recruiters to accept morons. That or gear up to see more of the same.
Past scandal aside, it seems our Commanders have learned exactly, n-o-t-h-i-n-g.

827 days ago
20.

Kristin    

You people sitting here so quick to judge are idiots. Until you have lived their lives and in their shoes do not for one second sit there and judge them. When you see what these Taliban idiots have done to our soldiers maybe you wouldn't be so quick to judge. They can decapitate our men all day long but GOD forbid we even look at them the wrong way. I say squeeze out an extra drop of pee for me and my MILITARY family right in their face!!!

827 days ago
21.

me    

***THE THING IS I KNOW GET WHY THESE IDIOTS WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. ARE THESE JUST STUPID SOLDIERS. THIS ACT IS despicable I AM WONDERING WHAT KIND OF SAVAGES GREW THESE PASITES UP. THESE ARE SOME SICK ANIMALS.

827 days ago
22.

Jmac    

"WHEN ENEMY CUTS YOUR HEAD OFF OR ......" yeah sort of like When you kill unarmed civilians and chop of body parts for souvenirs,google Calvin Gibbs.

827 days ago
23.

King of TMZ    

This is a hate crime. These soldiers should be detained. Another bad stain on Americans & their "intelligence".

Not supporting terrorism but there should be ethics in wars. & a wrong + wrong is not equal to a right.

827 days ago
24.

YouDontSay    

The Human Race can be very dark.

827 days ago
25.

kim    

Now the rules are clear, you can kill people but you can't pee on them. Now we know better and when you know better you do better.

827 days ago
26.

debbie    

Lets see, we train the men to kill and have detatched feelings from death. To hell with the terrorist, I am OFFENDED BY 9/11!

827 days ago
27.

kay    

I am appalled that there is even condemnation unleashed on our fine servicemen. The idiot Taliban do not think twice about torturing, mutilating, dragging bodies of dead Americans through their streets and beheading any American captured all while being taped for the world to see. Now, THAT is an outrage! It is off-putting how there does not seem to be more support for these soldiers. Until you have been in the middle of a war yourself, it is wise to STFU! To all of the liberals who think their voices are oh-so-important, guess what; you are full of cow manure and your uneducated, puerile comments just show how stupid you are!!!
GOD BLESS AMERICA

827 days ago
28.

Brett Lambert    

Hillary is right, it is deplorable. Barrack Obama is a man of conviction and I don't need to see his action to have absolute faith that, that man will find the appropriate punishment. Something a Palin or a Romney and especially A Perry could never do. They all are more concerned with being President then protecting the people. God Speed Barrack.

827 days ago
29.

Rhubino    

Hillary, STFU - WAR is deplorable behavior. And so is diplomacy sometimes with the backdoor bargaining and prisoner exchanges etc. If you can't stand the heat, well ... you know the rest.

827 days ago
30.

Kari    

I agree with #15. And our military is above this---that's why we are the best in the world.

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