Friday, June 11, 2010
R I P USMC R. LEE ERMEY
Subject Gunnery Sergeant Hartman aka R. Lee Ermey
RIP R. Lee Ermey, 1944-2010
It's with a heavy heart that I find myself writing this about someone I've admired for many years. Ever since "Full Metal Jacket", R. Lee Ermey emboded the image of a hard-ass Marine for most of us. He was a person whose personal life was as interesting as the characters he portrayed. Serving in the Marines from 1961-1972 as a staff seargent, he was later given the honorary rank of gunnery seargent because of his ongoing support of military personnel everywhere, and because of his gritty portrayal of Gunny Hartmann.
He had a decorated career before being medically retired in 1972 because of the numerous injuries he sustained in his years of service.
Ermey succumbed to complications associated with pneuomonia at 3:14 AM at his home in San Diego . His nearly sixty film appearances will continue to inspire and cement his legacy for many years to come.
Give 'em hell, Gunny!