Court-martial next week for Marine accused of urinating on dead bodies
 

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) -- The court-martial for a Marine accused of urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters in 2011 will begin next week at Camp Lejeune.

SSgt. Edward Deptola is charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for his alleged involvement in the desecration of human casualties and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. He will be tried by special court-martial starting Wednesday.

The incident allegedly took place during a counter-insurgency operation near Sandala, Musa Qala District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on or about July 27, 2011.

Deptola was also charged with other alleged misconduct that took place during the same operation, including dereliction 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 is assigned to Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune.

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It wasn't just the urinating on a dead combatant. To wuote:
"Deptola was also charged with other alleged misconduct that took place during the same operation, including dereliction 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."
Each of these charges is serious in it's own right but dereliction of duty? Failure to require the wearing of equipment? These would get him court martialed by themselves. If one of those Marines had been injured while NOT wearing his gear without an ironclad excuse this guy would have been sent packing already.
War is hell that's why we have a code of military justice.

Vog

Didn't they know they should have left the cameras in the transport vehicle while "honoring" fallen enemy soldiers?

I have a comment about the remarks made by Chris. Enemy soldiers are trained to kill and humiliate our troops by any means. Since Viet Nam we have been fighting with one hand tied behind us and we've had our butts kicked in every war since. It's time to take the gloves off like WWII and go in and get the job done. No more political correctness BS!

The soldier deserves a pat on the back

They way the American enimies have treated the bodies of our dead solders is much worse than a golden shower. These Marines should be awarded medals.

As United States Marines, and as a first world, civilized nation, we are held to a higher standard. Desecrating the dead is disrespectful and immoral. Just because others perform heinous acts of indecency and disregard towards us, as a nation and while we proudly serve our great country, does not mean we fall to their level. This Marine failed, as a leader and as a representative of the United States Marine Corps.

Have you ever been in a war senerio? Have you ever had your mind set in complete survival mode? How dare you say a man facing death on constant basis should hold his composure to a high standard. Their pain mental and physical is something that is being pushed beyond anything most of could handle let alone perform to a higher standard. Just because these young men come from the greatest country in world doesn't mean they are protected from the wounds of war. Spend a week in their shoes before you judge them.

you send men to kill for you, you should expect a certain level of things like this. Personally, I would have put pigs blood on his lips. POLITICAL BS!

I agree 100%, you send young men, a lot of them younger than the law allows to buy a beer, off to a foreign country to do your killing for, and they witness their friends and comrades dying and being mutilated and publicly displayed and then you turn around and this is the way you treat a young man that has risen to the call of battle, maybe it was wrong to piss on the guy, but he was the same one that beheaded your fellow soldiers, how does this country get anyone to serve? this is total B/S, these are young people that old people send to settle their disputes while they sit back and drink their scotch and pat themselves on the back, these guys spend days in foxholes scared to death, not knowing if they'll ever see their families again, something that most of us will ever know, and for just a few seconds they unwind and all of a sudden they are criminals, what is going on???

You are correct. This should never have ever been brought up.......who cares? Glad it never came about what was done to some Viet Cong back in the 60s.