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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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You have got to be joking??? The "taliban" took out the buildings etc. Sept.11 along with all those lives. They cut the heads off ppl. and video taped it for the world to hear those poor ppl. screaming in pain and i can go on and on.....I think it's too bad those Marines didn't **** on those taliban also. To charge the Marines with anything is a shame, they should be given a medal for staying alive against those sorry excuses for humans.

730 days ago


And we wonder why American embassies are attacked all over the world.

730 days ago


WHY, WHY, WHY.. Why does the media continue to publicize news and pictures of this nature, when it is pretty obvious by now that retaliation is inevitable?!!! Most of the world hates Americans anyway , then WE put photos out there that just make it worse for EVERYONE! I would venture to guess that horrible things are done on both sides of any war, but WE are stupid enough to circulate these inflammatory pictures!!! Can our enemies have any better friend than our own , home grown MEDIA? It's like spitting into the wind. Pictures like this would never be publicized in other countries...just think if this was the total opposite situation, what would WE do if we saw troops from another side, doing something like that to our own ??? I am all for freedom of speech, but, circulating pictures like this is just stupid....unless you can find pictures of people doing that to our incredibly brave soldiers, and give them as much publicity. Get ready for WWIII if this type of thing continues! Young people don't know what it's like to live through war time when the DRAFT is working. If there is another big war, you can hang up your social media will be drafted whether u like it or not! get it??? young people will be forced to go into active war zones!!! forced. That is what the draft is...just Goggle it. Try thinking about PEACE people. pray.

730 days ago


thank u to the military for fighting for my freedom....BUT (i dont like the fact u peed on corps)...really thats what ur dwelling on..what about the facts of what they are doing to our soldiers...really...the law needs to stay out of what is done in war how disgusting it may be...the WWII antics was much worse but we didnt have the technology to post it...if ppl think they can fight the war better with morals then go....

730 days ago

The Neko Nation    

Way to go guys. Just another reason for other countries to attack us. This will only help them be more mad at us and trying to kill us.Thank you to all of our troops who are defending us with HONOR. These idiots not so much.

730 days ago


TMZ is an entertainment news organization. WHAT does this have to do with entertainment? So you wanted to blast negative news on the US military for what reason? This incident was disgusting and vile - but why is TMZ reporting it?

Also - as a general comment about TMZ and your reporting. I hope you have to look in the mirror one day because you are vicious, mean-spirited and are encouraging cruel, bullying behavior by your nasty comments and reporting. You are horrible and are helping our society destroy itself because there is no kindness, no charity or forgiveness. Shame on you. Didn't your mother never tell you "If you can't say something nice....."? If so, guess we know what you thought of your mother...........

730 days ago


You idiots, why don't you just scream it at the top of your lungs so we can have more unrest and crap thrown at us, something tells me you would like that. The Marines were wrong in this instance, but idiots out for a story are worse.

730 days ago


anyone else find it weird that penis' get censored, but dead bodies are okay?

730 days ago


This is absolutely disgraceful. These men should be ashamed.

730 days ago

Thomas Jefferson    

Once you go to war and experience certain things your perspective changes.

730 days ago


why do you post this tmz? do you enjoy seeing US soldiers and ambassadors tortured and killed? you seem to wish this would inflame the extremists again, you pieces of ****

730 days ago


They are under military rule. If they did something wrong according to the military rules of conduct they will be punished.

730 days ago


Oh so what! Anyone want to re-visit Vietnam? Dummies.

730 days ago

Rhonda C. Poynter    

While I agree with posters stating that we, as Americans, cannot sink as low as the behavior and actions of those whom we have come to protect and educate - and who throw that assistance, comfort and education back in the faces of our men and women -, I also agree that it will be wrong if these men are disciplined to a degree that ruins their careers, self-worth and lives. I work with Wounded Warriors and Adopt A Soldier, and I'll put it plainly - if I'd have gone through what some of these individuals are relating to me as having witnessed and experienced in Afghanistan/Iraq, I'd have done a hell of alot more than piss on somebody. Where is the concern that our men are acting like this, and what do we do FOR THEM?

730 days ago

Zach Swan    

Great job publishing this video. Americans (or those who look like Americans) will probably be killed because you did this. Awesome judgement. How about you stick to reporting celebrity gossip?

730 days ago
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