Urination video Marine found dead

| August 14, 2014

Robert Richards

My inbox filled up with links to this story suddenly. It’s about 28-year-old Robert Richards who was in the video recently of Marine snipers who urinated on the corpses of some Taliban. Apparently he was found dead and an autopsy is being performed, but it doesn’t appear to have been self-inflicted at this time. From the Marine Corps Times;

Richards was a scout sniper with multiple deployments to Afghanistan dating back to 2008. Peers and superiors alike praised him for his combat prowess and leadership skills, evidenced by his being hand-selected to serve as the scout sniper platoon team leader for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, during its 2011 tour.

It was during that deployment when Richards and three other Marines made a video of themselves urinating on Taliban corpses. The video surfaced online in January 2012, causing an international uproar.

Richards talked to the Marine Corps Times reporter when the video was posted online by a Marine who had stolen the camera from the original photographer of the video when that Marine was injured and sent home;

Richards said he is tired of people asking why he and his fellow Marines urinated on the dead insurgents, and angry with Commandant Gen. Jim Amos and other Marine Corps leaders for allowing the cases to take so long to play out. At the same time, he expressed remorse for causing hardship for others in his battalion, and said he was devastated when the video was released.

Category: Marine Corps

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  1. Hondo says:

    Rest in peace, Marine.

  2. Sparks says:

    You know, Code Pink and Amnesty International were all over the urination video along with every liberal ass wipe in the country. Where is their concern for the Yazidis being tortured, buried alive, beheaded, raped, you name it. Where are they on the Iraqi Christians being killed and running for their lives.

    I am sorry this young man is dead. Troops do things in combat sometimes which causes those who have never been in a combat situation to gasp. My advice, keep the video cell phones and cameras off.

    • Sparks says:

      Additionally, Rest In Peace young Marine. God bless and keep your family through this tragic time for them.

    • MustangCryppie says:

      “My advice, keep the video cell phones and cameras off.”

      Exactly. I just can’t get overexcited that they did this to someone who was trying to fill them full of holes 10 minutes before.

      On the other hand, I would have ripped their asses off for the stupidity of filming the event. That video would have been deep sixed mosh skosh rikki tik.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      My advice is ‘don’t do that, ever, but if you do it, don’t get caught’.

      And like the rest of you, I am completely mystified regarding the absence of protests on behalf of the Christian minorities and non-ISers by the asswipes who don’t want the US to re-engage in warfare over there.

      Their hypocrisy is just stunning, isn’t it?

    • Pinto Nag says:

      I’m going to fuss a bit here.

      This is not the place for these type of comments. We beat that video to death when the video first came to light. THIS thread is about the premature death of a Marine.

      I don’t want to see that video become this Marine’s eulogy.

      • Maggie Goff says:

        Thank you!!

      • Sparks says:

        Pinto Nag…Being one of the first to bring up the video, you are absolutely right. Upon reflection I should have left off my opinions about the video and expressed my true concern, the death of this young Marine. Thank you for giving me a better outlook and the little “butt chewing”, I really needed. Thank you again Pinto Nag. You are wise to be sure.

    • 68W58 says:

      Lefties are more counter-tribalists than hypocrites. That is that their worldview is perfectly consistent so long as you remember that they are perpetually for “the other”.

  3. Pinto Nag says:

    Too young and too soon to be gone from among us. RIP, Marine.

  4. Thomas says:

    R.I.P. Devildog. God bless.

  5. GoldenDragon says:

    “Peers and superiors alike praised him for his combat prowess and leadership skills,”

    Expect for the part about being stupid enough to film yourself desecrating enemy and lowering yourself to their standards of animalistic attributes. Morons.

    • spd0302 says:

      Consider reviewing your next comment before posting. You tried to be a self righteous asshole with your comment. Instead, you look like the moron.

      More importantly, Semper Fi and rest in peace Marine.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      So pissing on a cold, dead hajji who died instantly and painlessly when a 5.56 or .308 round took his brain out through his ear is the same as torturing somebody for days or weeks before killing them? Or raping and beating women for fun? Or any other departures from civilized behavior? Because I fail to see the problem with pissing on the carcass of a sack of shit who engaged in such activity while he was breathing.

      Hell, pissing on their corpses seems to me like an effective morale booster. So the video caused a fuss. Okay, fine. Find the dickhead who posted it and administer some corrective counseling. But stop with the PC chickenshit. And if you have something unkind to say about this Marine’s memory, shove it up your ass (right next to the stick that’s already in there, you sanctimonious prick).

      In conclusion, GoldenChicken, fuck you.

    • NHSparky says:

      You think the “Greatest Generation” wasn’t above acts like this with Germans or Japanese?

      Keep thinking that. I also have a bridge for sale, cheap.

      Semper Fi, Marine. You’ve done your time in hell.

  6. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Very sad indeed.

    I hope he did not die of a broken heart and out of his love of the CORPS! That will make this story even more tragic.

    Too young, much too young.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    RIP, warrior. See you next time around.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    R.I.P., Warrior, I’ll piss on a few myself next time they send me back to middle hell.

  9. Maggie Goff says:

    Rest in peace, Marine. Prayers for your wife, family, and fellow Marines.

  10. Slick Goodlin says:

    Seems like the,”Marines’ Hymn”, has some good general guidelines:

    “First to fight for right and freedom
    And to keep our honor clean;”

  11. cato says:

    Tragic. This warrior will be missed.
    Prayers for his family, friends and fellow Marines.
    Semper Fi.

  12. GDContractor says:

    This is a nice video interview with Cpl. Roberts here: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/VideoNetwork/2679769182001/Marine-sniper-Cpl-Rob-Richards

    This is just an observation… not intended to be political: As a society, I think we do a nice job of creating warriors, training them to kill, sending them out to kill, and then discarding them after they have done their job. To me, the video above substantiates this belief. I also think this article on TAH could have a more respectful heading. RIP Cpl. Roberts. You did your job well.

  13. streetsweeper says:

    RIP! Marine!

  14. Tman says:

    Urinating on dead insurgents?

    What’s the big deal, in fact he was doing them corpses a favor by cleaning them up.

    RIP Marine.

  15. Whitey_wingnut says:

    R.I.P Devildog. My thoughts and prayers are out to you and your family.

  16. MGySgtRet. says:

    RIP Leatherneck. And to all of you critical of the actions of this Marine and his platoon mates, tough shit. War is hell or so they say. You weren’t there. I love all the armchair quarterbacks who come out of the woodwork and offer their sanctimonious eulogy for this gun fighter. He paid a steep price for his actions, that should be enough. But it never is, is it?

    • spd0302 says:

      Thanks for putting to words exactly what was on my mind Master Guns. Semper Fi to you and Cpl Richards.

  17. DefendUSA says:

    Aw. RIP.

  18. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    RIP young man, I am sorry you left us so early.

    The enemies of our nation were pissed on after they were killed, what’s the problem? To hell with the whiners, point a gun my way and you’ll find getting pissed on is the least of your fucking concerns.

    Instead of worrying about the tender sensibilities of a nation of shitbags maybe we could actually start prosecuting wars like they were actually wars instead of operations of occupation where we have to carry no stick and step lightly lest we offend one of the peaceful practitioners of muslim tolerance?

    Kill the people who want to kill us and to hell with everybody who thinks it’s awful to have an enemy die.

    It was an ill advised action perhaps, but these were not clerics attending to the dead they were trained warriors killing their enemies and acting in the moment, glad they weren’t the dead guys. Everything offends muslims when it comes their way while nothing they do appears to offend any of the other supposedly peaceful and honorable muslims, at this point frankly I don’t give a flying fuck for any of their concerns. A world without muslims would be a really good start to making a better planet all around.