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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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61.

sc1432    

They do not deserve to be brought up on charges. So,they pissed on a few dead (Taliban) animals.

They (Taliban) did not think twice when they killed thousands of Americians on 9/11.

I am sure the morons that charged them did not out there lives in jeapordy ..
They should of pissed on them when they were still alive..

654 days ago
62.

LK    

K I KNOW THEY SAID OTHER CHARGES R PENDING
BUT I C 4 GUYS PEEING UNLESS THEY WERE JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS ?
THESE DEAD MEN HAD A WHEEL BARREL ???
I DON'T THK EVERY1 IS A TALIBAN FIGHTERS
THERE R TERRORIST & THAN THERE R JUST POOR VILLAGERS TRYING 2 PROTECT THE FAMILY & HOMES
THESE POOR SOLDERS R MOST LIKELY HOME SUFFERING FM PTS & OR R SHELL SHOCKED
YOUNG MEN DYING 4 WHAT THE THK THAT THE R PROTECTING THEIR COUNTRY
MEANWHILE THEIR OWN GOV DOESN'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THEM
U C WAR = $$$$$ OIL = $$$$$$
UR COUNTRY THAT U R BRAINWASHED THKING U R PROTECTING DOES'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT U SORRY BUT ITS TRUE
OK I'M SURE I'M GONNA PISS OFF A LOT OF U 4 MY COMMENT SO MY APOLOGIES 2 U ALL IN ADVANCE
ESPECIALLY 2 ANY WOUNDED & OR ANY1 SUFFERING FM PTS ETC OR FAMILYS THAT HAVE LOST LOVED 1'S
WE R ALL HUMAN
GOD BLESS US ALL WHAT EVER GOD U MY BELIEVE U IN !!!!!!!!!

654 days ago
63.

Cheryl A.    

They cut the head off Americans and parade them around town. Our guys get in trouble for peeing on them.. They should receive a medal of honor.

654 days ago
64.

Shane Paterson    

**** the marines. **** america

654 days ago
65.

Mazor    

The taliban are thugs, s***, sh*tbags. They our enemies to a free way of life. People who apologize for them should be lined up and shot.

This is their version of compassion: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=59c_1348446249

654 days ago
66.

Big D    

Reading through some of these commits, I really have to say if you haven't been over there then shut the F up, you don't know what the hell you're talking about. Everybody calling them kids, really you think so? Believe me you grow up fast, if you're so high and mightly then run down and join up. These "KIDS" defending our country are more of man than most of your jackasses here. Don't sit back on your computer on your easy chair and criticize the what you don't understand. Run down to the recruiters office join up and join them.

654 days ago
67.

some guy    

I don't fault the Marines on the ground. Fighting against an enemy that is trying to kill you will eventually cause you to hate the enemy. If you force someone to commit barbarous acts, they themselves will become barbaric. All you people who poo-poo on their behavior should go over there and spend a day in their boots to see what it's like.
I fault their leadership for continuing to involve us in a war that has essentially gone nowhere. This war has dragged on for ELEVEN years and what have we accomplished? I have never heard any news coming out of those failed states that leads me to believe in any way those governments can be trusted. The sooner we get out of Afghanistan, the sooner we can turn our backs and cut funding for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
I say get all our troops out of there, seal the borders and let them do whatever they want. Just so long as they keep it to themselves.

654 days ago
68.

steve    

It may not seem right to us civilian folk, but if you all were there...watching these bast$#% killing your friends and trying to kill you, you might not care.

654 days ago
69.

liz    

War is hell...i'm tired of the US catering to these insurgents and such due to political correctness. I don't think they should get in trouble at all..the only mistake they made was filming it!!!!

654 days ago
70.

wth    

Why not stick to kissing Kardashian ass TMZ and leave the military and war events to the military!

654 days ago
71.

Robedeaux    

Ok let me get this straight... When our guys are captured, they're beheaded, stripped, dragged through the streets, then burned and hung on a bridge.
But out guys peepee on 'em and they get court marshaled..
WTF is wrong with our high command, General Patton is spinning in his grave like a top

654 days ago
72.

Vanessa    

wow...just sad and scary and so creepy ....why awwwwwwwwwwwwwww humans!!!

654 days ago
73.

buggaz    

BACON!

654 days ago
74.

BC    

They should never be charged for pissing on one of these terroist, They are sent over there to kill them not be their friend.. What a better way to send them off to the grave with piss on them..

654 days ago
75.

JLS    

TMZ-How again is this helping our national security? What do you suppose the Taliban's reaction will be to this and what do you think they will wish to do to all of us? It's not that I am going to back down here but practically speaking it's really irresponsible and stupid of TMZ to fuel their hatred for us. I'm really shocked.

654 days ago
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