Marines Charged With Urinating on Taliban Corpses, Other Misconduct

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A pair of U.S. Marines face charges for their involvement in an incident in which they urinated on Taliban corpses during a counter-insurgency operation last summer.

Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola also face allegations involving a grenade launcher.

The USMC confirms the alleged violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for their involvement in the urination incident, occurring in Afghanistan in July 2011.

Chamblin and Deptola were also charged with other misconduct:

  • Failing to properly supervise junior Marines
  • Failing to require junior Marines to wear 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 Afghan compounds, and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun.

Both Marines are now facing trial.

The USMC says there are other pending cases, and "We will be as forthright as possible while preserving the rights of the accused and fairness and integrity of the military justice process."