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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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76.

JLS    

You can cetainly identify which posters here are bullies and which are immature with their atta boy childish comments. The thing they cannot grasp is that if WE DO THIS to THEM, they will post a video of THEM DOING it to a US SOLDIER. I went through Vietnam. These posters are really sick and childish.

702 days ago
77.

1    

I know these soldiers confront stress every day, but that`s a dishonorable act and should be punished. You never treat a human being this way, dead or alive. And neither should the Taliban cut off heads and abuse people!

702 days ago
78.

PictureUp    

hey TMZ why not contribute towards their fines since its your fault they are dealing with this!!besides this is exactly what you do to every celeb/person you post about anyway!!cmon Harvey give back to those same guys fighting for your right to do the crap you do!!

702 days ago
79.

It's Dave    

If you haven't served then you haven't earned the right to comment. I have served so I will comment... The alleged actions of these men were improper. But bad stuff happens in a war zone and being urinated on was the least of these dead Taliban's problems.

702 days ago
80.

justagirl    

Geez TMZ, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you are taking credit for selling these boys out. Hmmm...ok, so I guess this makes you the professional on what is running through these soldiers minds in a combat zone. I suppose that putting yourself in their shoes in a "kill or be killed" environment, you would never do the unthinkable and be in full control over your emotional and mental state deployment after deployment. You will NEVER comprehend what the soldiers and the families suffer through on a deployment while defending our country. Thank you for forcing the hand of the military to punish these soldiers since if the issue were never made public with your assistance, it would have been a matter of case closed...where it belonged! Again, your nose should not be in matters that you will never understand.

702 days ago
81.

STO    

I cannot believe you are playing this again. I work with Marines, and yes, it's hard to fight a war and see your Marine brothers die and feel the need to do stupid crap like peeing on dead bodies. We just lost a great great group of men in the embassy attacks. Posting this stuff only feeds them to kill more. Take it off and keep the news on all of the other hollywood losers. I would hate for more good men and women to lose their lives because of this video.

702 days ago
82.

LK    

PPL U WILL NEVER KNOW THE TRUTH WHEN ITS COMES 2 911
STOP USING IT AS AN EXCUSE 2 START WAR & HATE
USA GOV SURE HAS GOT A LOT OF U BRAINWASHED

702 days ago
83.

Reggie    

All s fair. They would have done much worse to our soldiers. And HAVE done much worse. They are only taliban POS. They deserved it....

702 days ago
84.

Elle    

To bad they couldn't pee on them when they were alive.

702 days ago
85.

laffnbear    

I need to make a correction.
I stated the U.S. had military in over two hundred countries.
A more accurate figure is 662 major bases in 130 countries amounting to nearly 600,000 members.It should be noted that includes Army, Marines, and Navy.This includes all continents, including Australia and Antarctica.
This huge deployment is to protect the economic empire and discourage other countries from exercising their freedom.

702 days ago
86.

Duany Duany    

You don't deserve to live in the greatest nation on Earth if you condone such evil, traitorous behaviour.

These 'men' are nothing but cowardly pukes who defiled the name of the country they swore to uphold.

And judging from some of the redneck comments, many of you couldn't spell America if someone spotted you six letters.

702 days ago
87.

Terry     

That is so much bull****!! I am glad I am not in the Corps any more.I would have opened their dead goat dick suckin mouths and takin a giant **** in them.Thanks TMZ you ignorant bunch of ****s......

702 days ago
88.

Raymond    

This is just about one problem: claiming higher moral ground on the one hand. Behaving like anybody else on the other. See Abu Ghraib.


So what shall it be, definitively: one or the other?

702 days ago
89.

deborah mcdermott    

these men should be commended not go to prison, what is wrong with this country??? the taliban hung our guys on a bridge and set them afire and we do nothing but kiss their asses and these heroes do this and get punished it makes no sense. what are we a bunch of wussies. these people hate us america, wake up!!!!

702 days ago
90.

Lee    

They deserve medals, not trials. If the situation had been reversed, those filthy arabs would have cut their heads off, raped them (like they did the ambassador) then drug their bodies through the streets.
The only thing those marines did wrong was not killing enough of them. And, yes, bran muffins would have helped them finish the job.
SEMPER FI!!!!!

702 days ago
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