Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is R. Lee Ermey.

Lee served from 1961 to 1972. He deployed to Vietnam for 14 months, did two tours in Okinawa, and spent time as a drill instructor. He left the Corps as a staff sergeant, but later received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant from Commandant General James Jones in 2002.

He is best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the iconic military film Full Metal Jacket. His performance as Gunny Hartman earned him a Golden Globe nomination and the adoration of many aspiring to become a Marine.

He went on to perform many more roles including voices for The Angry Beavers, Toy Story 3, Family Guy and The Simpsons. He also hosted Outdoor Channel’s “GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey.”

Lee died on Sunday from complications with pneumonia. He was 74.

Semper Fi, Gunny.

We honor his service.

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Published on Apr. 16, 2018

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  1. Kilo Delta Mike April 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Gunny, you was the MAIN reason I wanted to become a Gunnery Sergeant in our beloved Marine Corps. Becoming a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, was also because YOU!!!!!! May you Rest In Peace, as you entered the PEARLY WHITE GATES! Semper Fidelis, Ooh Rah, and may the “BEST PART OF EVERY RECRUIT, RUN DOWN …. (redacted)”!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jim Kirk April 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

    God Bless and RIP Marine. You will be missed.
    Semper Fi

  3. Paul McInnish April 20, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Gunny, God Bless and know you brought a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people… even those that were not Jarheads (called Jarhead out of reverence). I thoroughly enjoyed anything you were involved with in entertainment… even though I was not a Marine BUT was Navy and a Drill Instructor in the Army. God Speed, Gunny, God Speed!

  4. WILLIAM KARP April 20, 2018 at 9:56 am

    You will be missed! Thank you Gunny!

  5. Michael L Hayes April 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    We Marines honor you Sir, as now others can, Simper Fi Gunny.

  6. john duncan April 20, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Welcome Home Gunny. See you later.
    Semper Fi

  7. Thomas Hanson April 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Well done.

  8. Evans Formica April 20, 2018 at 8:56 am

    And then he kissed Jack Black on the mouth.

  9. Gary Smith April 17, 2018 at 8:09 am


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