Two non-commissioned officers of the USMC, based out of Camp Lejeune, NC., have been charged in connection with an incident which occurred on or around July 27th, 2011 during a counter insurgency operation in Afghanistan.
The video of the incident which was disclosed in January was taken in the southern Afghan province of Helmand where the Marines were stationed for seven months. It shows Junior Marines urinating on the corpses if deceased Taliban fighters and posing for unofficial photos with casualties.
In the video, one of the Marines looked down at the bodies and was heard saying “Have a good day, buddy. “Their actions are reportedly a violation of the “Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola, who were referred to trial by court martial, also face charges for failing to properly prevent or report misconduct of junior Marines, which included indiscriminate firing of weapons and a grenade launcher.
•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
•Failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons
In addition to listed charges…Deptola is also charged for failure to stop the unnecessary damaging of Aghan compounds, and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun.
They are now facing trial.
Edward Deptola Jr., son of Edward and Laura Deptola of Southold, has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. A 2003 graduate of Southold High School, he is currently deployed in Afghanistan as a scout sniper platoon sergeant.