Marine Pleads Guilty To Urinating On Taliban Corpses
After urinating on them, he posed for pictures, using them as props.
Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola was accused of the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. He also was accused of failing to properly supervise junior Marines and not reporting the misconduct.
Deptola and another Marine based at Camp LeJeune 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.”
Deptola, a decorated veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan whose age was not released, was sergeant for a scout sniper platoon. He admitted to the military judge that he failed to supervise the Marines under him when the desecration began, even though he had been briefed that such behavior violated Geneva convention rules.
“I was in a position to stop it and I did not … I should have spoken up on the spot,” he said.