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Southold Marine Charged Following Taliban Corpse Desecration Video

After video appeared online last winter, the U.S. Marines investigated the incident and announced their intent to court martial a Southold man, according to the Suffolk Times.

A Southold High School graduate and staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines will face charges after being referred to a court martial trial on Friday, according to the Suffolk Times.

After a video appeared on YouTube last winter depicting U.S. soldiers urinating on Taliban corpses, the Marine Corps launched an investigation into the incident. No soldiers were identified in the video.

The Department of Defense issued a statement last Friday, noting the following: “There are other pending cases related to this incident. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigations and to ensure fair and impartial legal proceedings in the future, we will not discuss evidence or specific findings of the investigations. We will be as forthright as possible while preserving the rights of the accused and the fairness and integrity of the military justice process.”

According to military officials, the incident reportedly took place during a counterinsurgency operation near Sandala in the Musa Qala district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province on or around July 27, 2011.

Marine Corps Staff Sgts. Edward W. Deptola, of Southold, and Joseph W. Chamblin and were charged for their alleged involvement in urinating on the deceased Taliban fighters and for posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties.

In addition they were charged for other misconduct that allegedly took place during the same operation, including: 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, and failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons.

Deptola, reportedly a 2003 graduate of Southold High, also is charged with failing to stop the unnecessary damaging of Afghan compounds and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun.

Both Deptola and Chamblin are assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Click here to read the Suffolk Times article.

William Swiskey sr September 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Have they lost there minds at the pentagon. This is how we treat our soldiers now?
Jack September 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You agree with urinating on the corpses of deceased enemy soldiers? If we supposedly have the most professional military in the world don't you think those in it should be held to a high standard of conduct?
John Carway September 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I strongly suspect that the Pentagon has been taking orders from certain political figures who have their ears focused upon the latest polls
Boourns September 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Do you know what the Taliban does to our corpses?
Stinker September 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM
In other news, Obama has carried through on his promise to hold those responsibile for killing our ambassador a US Seal officer and the other innocent Americans in Libya and Tunisa. He has thrown the individual who made the crappy youtube video in prison with no bail. That'll show 'em.
cm September 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Lets not forget the cutting off American heads? Burning American bodies dragging the corpse down the streets or hanging them from the bridges. So tell me again what our soldiers did again?

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