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Marine who had role in urination video faces court-martial Wednesday

Posted January 16, 2013

— The court-martial of a U.S. Marine charged in connection with the case of four service members urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is set to begin Wednesday at Camp Lejeune. 

Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola 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.

Deptola and another Marine based at Camp LeJeune, N.C., were charged last year after video surfaced showing four Marines in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three dead Afghans in July 2011. In the video, one of the Marines looked down at the bodies and quipped, "Have a good day, buddy."

Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to similar charges last month. Chamblin was sentenced to 30 days confinement, reduced in rank, fined and ordered to forfeit part of his pay for six months. Three other Marines were given administrative punishments for their roles in the matter.

The urination video surfaced amid a string of embarrassing episodes for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. American troops were caught up in controversies over burning Muslim holy books, posing for photos with insurgents' bloodied remains and an alleged massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by a soldier.

The Marine Corps said the urination took place during a counterinsurgency operation in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, located in the south of the country.

After the video garnered international attention on YouTube, senior military officials sternly condemned the behavior of the Marines involved.

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


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  • so you dont like my opinion ok Jan 17, 2013

    Wrong thing to do... WWJD - well He wouldn't urinate on one of God's creations, be it dead or alive, any living creature or a human being. This comment comes from a God fearing person mmtlash...

  • mmtlash Jan 16, 2013

    Funny how all the religious God fearing folks on Golo suddenly approve of actions such as this....what about "WWJD"? Do you think Jesus would urinate on the deceased?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 16, 2013

    They should give him a medal!

    Which medal exactly? Do you even have a vague idea of what you have to do to earn a medal? And you think urinating on a dead man deserves one? I am sure all the troops who have earned a medal through bravery or injury would appreciate hearing that.

  • goldenosprey Jan 16, 2013

    So a member of the military is deployed to another country and you do not understand that he is protecting this country? I am not surprised but wow.-ncouterbaks69

    Being deployed to another country is one thing. Happening upon dead combatants and urinating on them is not defending anything but the words of jihadists who claim US troops do not belong in their countries.

  • miketroll3572 Jan 16, 2013

    They should give him a medal!

  • OGE Jan 16, 2013

    He won't be hired by Walmart!

  • Bill Brasky Jan 16, 2013

    "Urinating on a dead body is "justice"? You're right - I don't understand that."

    No, I've seen that before. My dog likes to urinate on things. Perfectly normal.

  • birkie74693 Jan 16, 2013

    All you pro-urinators say the guy is a soldier in a war zone, and should not be subject to non-military judgement, right? Well, his SUPERIOR OFFICERS enforce the rules about no desecrating corpses--maybe they know military justice better than y'all do. The officers in charge think this case needs to be heard.

    What Sgt. Micturition did is disgusting and vile--but it's also against the RULES he agreed to obey, and he should have known it. Soldiers are SUPPOSED to obey the rules. So it doesn't matter whether YOU think he should be let off; it's up to his military superiors, who know the situation much much better than you Fuquay warhawks do.

    And as a bunch of reasonable people have noted, peeing on corpses is NOT acceptable behavior from American soldiers. And it's NO way to establish peace, either. And for those of you who keep shouting "They blow up IEDs and kill our soldiers!" Well, they wouldn't be doing that if we hadn't decided to invade their country.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 16, 2013

    Please explain how a marine who finds a dead enemy soldier ( he didn't kill him, he died in an airstrike) and urinates on him is "defending" our country. would LOVE to hear your response, really.

    So a member of the military is deployed to another country and you do not understand that he is protecting this country? I am not surprised but wow.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 16, 2013

    Which one of you posting here that believes it was okay to urinate on a dead body would think it okay if it happened to one of your relatives? As I thought, you'd be outraged.

    I can not speak for all but I can tell you that my relatives do not do the same and worse to citizens of the US.