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Court-martial set for Marine accused of urinating on Taliban bodies

Posted January 11, 2013

— The court-martial of a Marine accused of urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is set to begin next Wednesday at Camp Lejeune.

Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola also is charged with being derelict in his 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, failing to stop the unnecessary damaging of Afghan compounds and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun.

The alleged incidents occurred during a counter-insurgency operation near Sandala, Musa Qala District in Helmand Province on or about July 27, 2011, authorities said.

Deptola is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune.


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  • raypace Jan 16, 2013

    Should give him and the rest of his men a medal.

  • wgkeck Jan 16, 2013

    We teach young adults to drop fire on people but we say its obscene to urinate on our dead foe...

  • Tug Boat II Jan 11, 2013

    The Marines have embraced political correctness. What a crock. Whoever brought up these charges need to go put their big boy pants on and learn what the world is all about!!!

  • Mustange Jan 11, 2013

    You need to let thim go ANY ONE REMEMBER THESE HEADLINES U.S Soldier dragged through Mogadishu http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/u-s-marine-dragged-through-mogadishu/

  • jacksun48 Jan 11, 2013

    I would think the 'they' would have something better to do than put this marine on trial for this. Hope he gets two days in the brig, at most.

  • doubletrouble Jan 11, 2013

    3779LRRP--you hit the nail on the head. The image of bunny rabbits and cuddle kittens don't exactly come to mind, if you get the best of someone who has tried his best to kill you the past hour or so..and watch some of your brothers bleed, or put in body bags. Some people don't seem to realize how this effects a person, in this type of situation. Not that it was right..but, somehow I understand.

  • doubletrouble Jan 11, 2013

    Geeze...at least they didn't collect skulls as some Marines did in WWII, or gold teeth of Japanese. I guess it's hard to befriend somebody who has tried their best to kill you the last hour or so and slit you from eyeball to crotch. These things have went on, forever...kids in a battlezone basically. It's just the media is far more involved, as well as tech. No, I don't think it is right, but I can understand the mentality I would take, if somebody was trying to kill me.

  • monami Jan 11, 2013

    How hypocritical. It's ok to kill people, but god forbid you should pee on them.

  • carrboroyouth Jan 11, 2013

    We should NOT stoop to the level of dehumanization that exists in the Taliban. We are better than this!

  • Eightball Jan 11, 2013

    Soviet pilots committed suicide rather than fall into the hands of the mujahadeen.(the talibans precursor) Do put it as nicely as possible, they were 'used' before they were executed. I saw what Saddam's army core did to the families of deserters, in attempting to make examples of them. No mercy/pity/humanity when you fall into the hands of those people.