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U.S. Marines

Charged for Urinating

On Taliban Corpses

9/24/2012 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Two U.S. Marines have been charged in connection with a video TMZ posted, showing at least two American soldiers urinating on the corpses of deceased Taliban fighters, TMZ has learned ... and the men are also facing allegations involving a grenade launcher.

The USMC tells TMZ, the Marines -- Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola -- have been charged for "violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice" for their involvement in the urination incident.

The USMC says the incident is believed to have taken place during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan on or about July 27th, 2011.

Chamblin and Deptola were also charged with other misconduct that allegedly took place, which includes:

-- Being derelict in their duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines
-- Failing to require junior Marines to wear their personal protective equipment
-- Failing to stop and report the misconduct of junior Marines
-- Failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher
-- Failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons

Deptola is also charged with failing to stop the unnecessary damaging of Aghan compounds, and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun.

Both Marines belong to a regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. They are now facing trial.

The USMC says there are other pending cases related to this incident.

The USMC says, "We will be as forthright as possible while preserving the rights of the accused and fairness and integrity of the military justice process."

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al baby    

Hell they should be rewarded the peeing boy medal of **** you

727 days ago
2.

Stiletto    

I'd have given them each a medal...and a couple bran muffins so they could finish the job right.

727 days ago
3.

Sam    

Isn't urinating in public punishable by being put on the sex offender registry? That is the least the government should do to punish these people.

727 days ago
4.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

As much as I'd piss and shlt on them, I'm a civilian. As a military force we should be better than that ... or at least don't be stupid enough to get busted.

727 days ago
5.

StraightFromTheHip    

Retired USMC: A disgrace to the uniform and the Corps!! The bunch of ignorant, inbred trailer trash a$$holes.

727 days ago
6.

DaveT    

Good they should be charged, despicable behavior

727 days ago
7.

Sassy    

This scares me cause it will only enrage them more to harm our soldiers. I guess the public has the right to know, but I'd rather this not have been released, except to their military superiors who would punish them. I'd rather read about it than see it, if you know what I mean.

727 days ago
8.

Ih8Taxes    

It's war people, and if this is the worst thing that happened then we're going way too easy on the muslim horde.

727 days ago
9.

Duchess    

Kim Kardashian didn't seem to mind....I guess different cultures and all that.

727 days ago
10.

Fibb    

Hey TMZ boys, did these guys penis's turn all of you on, my guess is yes...

727 days ago
11.

Sea Urchin    

So will Commander-in-chief take responsibility for this one or will he...................blame someone else.

727 days ago
12.

NJmom    

HEY TMZ!!!!! you REALLY should not put these guys names up there for the world to see....first, u don't know if those are the right names, and second, do YOU want to be responsible for retaliation to their families here ??? What they did is horrible, but you should let the government do the PR work!!!!

727 days ago
13.

Jexica    

We care more about respecting the Taliban than we do our own soldiers? Really? I can understand them getting reprimanded, but if they have to serve time or are dishonorably discharged, America will have reached a new low.

727 days ago
14.

ohreally    

Wow, CNN changed their layout? It looks exactly like TMZ, wtf??

727 days ago
15.

ok    

Kowtowing to Islam terrorists..once again.

Those Marines are still heroes in my book.

727 days ago
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