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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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46.

MrR    

"War is hell"

697 days ago
47.

pjd    

Harvey & Co. why didn't you and why don't you mind your own business. Bet you'd would never publish a story of the Israeli troops doing the same thing. Leave our military alone!

697 days ago
48.

DetroitRocks    

Why do dumbasses feel the need to film or take pictures of everything they do?

697 days ago
49.

DON4772    

War is hell !!But no excuse for that. Brings shame and disrespect to mostly first rate and honorable force.

697 days ago
50.

bjay    

Why is an entertainment site publishing anti-military propaganda? Sure pray that innocent soldiers don't have to pay the price for some knucklehead's stupidity.

697 days ago
51.

Melissa1987    

"Failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapon" Oh that's very telling. I wonder how many innocent people died that day. Im sure thats gonna make the Afghan people say "these people killed my mother/father/brother/sister. Let me go give them a hug." Cause im sure thats how the soldiers feel when there loved one is killed. *sarcasm*

697 days ago
52.

Montreal Dude    

a bunch of men should force those loser American soldiers to their knees and piss ALL OVER THEM..when you are a so called 'soldier' you are supposed to have some type of ethics..these soldiers are blatant inbred retards who have no right to be called 'soldiers' ...

697 days ago
53.

DonkeyKong99    

Hey I really Need to Pee Right now! Anyone know where the closest talibawn graves are ???
Oh yeah the bran muffins kicking in mow tooo. HELP HAHA. AINT WAR HELL!!!

697 days ago
54.

PaCop    

This is a * CELEBRITY * Site!

I don't want to see POLITICS and WAR SH*T on here. THis site is to be a vacation/entertainment from the crap in the real world!

Let the millions of news shows handle this!

697 days ago
55.

LRT    

A disgrace to all our wonderful Military people!!! 99 % are Hero's 1 % are Zero!

697 days ago
56.

Ronny    

I thought I misread that title at first. Charged? They should be getting awarded. What the hell is wrong with this country when people can be charged for pissing on trash

697 days ago
57.

Chrisb    

Please let these fine young men go home, a little pee never hurt anyone.

697 days ago
58.

Fuck Celebrities    

The a@@wipes who charged them should try a few months on the front lines first.

The $h1thead who took the pictures should be charged.

697 days ago
59.

Michael Forever    

This is why so many nations hate America, and if WE keep on acting this way, we are going to get what we deserve. We are a bunch of bullies for sure. I CANNOT believe what I am seeing.

697 days ago
60.

Big D    

All I got to say if **** em. All they know is war, I'm sure they do worst things to our fallen than pissing on them. These Marines are heroes not criminals.

697 days ago
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