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U.S. Marines

Charged for Urinating

On Taliban Corpses

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

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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Moohaammed the pedophiles face.... :>(

757 days ago


Give these guys a medal!

757 days ago


Way to go TMZ for posting these pictures, you morons!!!!

757 days ago


I am sorry but knowing what those a$$holes would do to any of us Americans.....This is minor. Support our troops and thank them!

757 days ago


Wait, how did they become corpses in the first place? Oh yeah we blew them to bits. So we can kill them, we just can't piss on them. Got it.

757 days ago

Beauty Dude    

I count 5 Marine's where the other three men?

757 days ago


Uh. seems kind of innocent compared to what the Taliban do to their own people !

> GUESS WHO THE TALIBAN WANTS TO WIN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ? i'll give you a little hint>>> He calls himself and he isn't a Mulslame_ " nuff' said morons ?

Vote for free speech while you still can..So we can still cash our welfare checks and cry Discrimination al lthe way to the check cashing store.

757 days ago


It's a disgrace. They have paid their dues with a bullet and death. Respect the dead. It's too bad, because of these 4 or 5 idiot solders, they have made the whole country look bad.

757 days ago


It doesn't matter who they are. They could be white black pink or yellow- its still a dead body, they should have some respect no matter what. I'm sure you wouldn't want people pissing on you when you're dead and it doesn't matter what situation you're in. Military or not, good guy or the enemy, you still need to be respectful.

756 days ago

Shady's slave    

TMZ I hope you are proud of yourself . Why you workin overtime to rat out soldiers. You are a bunch of pssys. Stay out of the soldiers business and stick with your on line rag. you SCK TMZ!

756 days ago


If the Taliban torture Americans, you piss on their graves

753 days ago


I really dont see the problem here. Taliban happily burn bodies of Marines, Other service members, hang there bodies buildings, and road signs, they can take our service members and make videos of executing them, or demanding some type of deal, but from every comment i seen you have a big problem with Marines pissing on their dead enemy. What pissed me off is when someone said they're a disgrace and its wrong they did that, and how they had a family, brothers, sisters, wtf!!! Do you think they care when they kill someone you know in the military? NO!! They dont give two ****s what so ever, so if anything they shouldn't be in trouble for this. It's like saying oh hey its ok if Marine bodies are being burnt to crisp in a blown up HumV from a IED or RPG, but its wrong for Marines to piss on dead taliban fighters. You guys are ridiculous and need to think

163 days ago
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