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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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31.

sharkhuntersfo    

The Brass in the normal way of doing things collective heads up there assses. give them a metal, not a cort marshal.

704 days ago
32.

GnuG43    

aMerica... Home of the brave... And the stupid underbred, war hungry idiots like this.

704 days ago
33.

jinee    

TMZ be putting people on blast.. who needs to see soldiers peeing on anything? LAME

704 days ago
34.

glfwido    

I understand the Marines are held at a higher standard but this is bullsh_t.

704 days ago
35.

I Was About To Say    

I'm sure they've done much worse to us.

704 days ago
36.

VictoriaGirl    

So what? The taliban do a lot worse to people they kill. Filing charges because they peed is ridiculous.

704 days ago
37.

KnuckleDragger    

War is terrible. War brings out the best and the worst in people. This, in my opinion, was no different than a lame college prank. There are always rules of engagement...and things like this will happen with men who just don't get it.


It's bad enough that they did this. It's childish that they took pictures of it. These men do NOT represent the Marine Code of Conduct.

704 days ago
38.

Prissygrl12    

Why are you showing this? This is beyond stupid and it puts troops and Americans overseas in danger.

704 days ago
39.

static    

I don't see this as that big of a deal.

704 days ago
40.

Ginger    

Did they chop any heads off? No? Then give them a medal.

704 days ago
41.

Chris L. Harris    

And this this a crime because...?

704 days ago
42.

sharkscue    

TMZ, I love you guys and watch several tines a day and I am on your website often also. Publication of this video can do no good. It will only incite more violence. That anti Islam film has done enough and many people have died because of that. Now on the heels of that film, we have this. There is never a reason for desecrating a dead corpse. The people fighting on both sides do not have an individual say as to what they do. They are instructed to kill Americans and our soldiers are instructed to kill Taliban fighters. That is where it should end. We have Americans all over the world including Islamic countries who are not military, including my wife, who are not soldiers who are there because their job requires them to be there. These Americans are in the most danger because they have no protection, not weapons and no American personnel protecting them. This film should have been made available to the State Department and military officials but not to the public because when you release a blatantly derogatory film like this it does nothing but outrage Muslims around the world and further their cause of harming Americans. A dead corpse has lost all of what we disliked about it and should be treated with respect just as our soldiers we hope would be treated with respect as well.

704 days ago
43.

Simone    

And our dumb American asses wonder why the rest of the world hates us.

704 days ago
44.

American Patriot    

God Bless our american boys and girls in uniform....these crazy heathens deserved to get it pist on and more!

REMEMBER 911 ALL YOU taliban sympathizers...

Give these solders a medal.

love america

704 days ago
45.

tt    

THIS IS LAST YEARS STORY!!!

704 days ago
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