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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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Oh A 💛💋    

What in the **** ???

758 days ago


Its funny to see the TMZ staff doing a story about pissing of people when Ive seen pictures online of Harvy livin pissing on the staff of TMZ. Just a fetish thing with levin i guess

758 days ago


I love getting pissed on it feels great. How can this be a crime. The real crime would be not raping those hot young taliban studs after pissing on them

758 days ago


they should have crapped on em too

758 days ago

Don Martin    

Silly Marines! They should have followed the example that has been set by the host nation and cut off their damn heads.

758 days ago


TMZ are a bunch of sissy little F#$GGOTS.

758 days ago


WTF TMZ? Your audience is the right venue for this type of sensitive material? You couldn't have swallowed your ego for a minute & just passed this along to the proper authorities??? Who's f-ing side are you on? How the F do you think that this helps? I have always down for TMZ, but I think you ought to stick to following LiLo around & providing the daily NFL rapsheet...leave this sh*t alone.

758 days ago



758 days ago


TMZ = Thirty Mile Zone, right?? I understand keeping tabs on celebs when they LEAVE the TMZ, but what does that have to do with Marines or the military? Clearly, you made no effort to report about the 7 Marine HEROS that were killed by these terrorists, but please - encourage the mindless citizens to FEEL SORRY FOR THE TERRORISTS. That's a GREAT message to send. Feel sorry for the people that use women and children as cover and behead our US Military on VIDEO - REALLY??? feel sorry for the poor terrorist??, whose side are you on??? Terrorists don't follow the Uniform Code Military Conduct, therefore MARINES shouldn't have to follow the UCMJ. I am not saying I agree with what my fellow Marines did, I'm just saying - if you aren't going to report their side or how it feels to lose 7 brothers in combat - then don't say anything. Good or bad, stay out of it!! Unless, of course, your website is against our military and Marines in particular? How about TMZ stays out of reporting one-sided negative information about our military and stick to all the non-sense that isn't a matter of life and death? how about that? just stick to celebrities!!

758 days ago

Tom Jones    

I would piss on the Kabaah if I could...

758 days ago


you can kill a terrorist, just don't pee on him. makes sense.

758 days ago


the only person that should be charged is the photog

758 days ago


This is a bad example for America, this is not the way this country is suppose to opperate. And look at all the people here who agree with this crap. This is what this country has come to and this is why this country is hated worldwide. And it will only get worse.

758 days ago

furious cupcakes    

You have to be a real mess of a human being to urinate on the dead body of a man you don't even know who you killed. This is how desensitized/mentally F*d up these troops are over there, they're defecating on dead bodies like it's nothing. We don't even do that to people we execute with capital punishment here. These guys need mental help asap.

758 days ago

Jeana Roper    

And cutting our head off and blowing people up is okay !! Our SOLDIERS getting blown up killed is okay .. Come on..

758 days ago
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