Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
Shortly after 1830 hours the longtime manager of R. Lee Ermey, Bill Rogan, released a statement informing the world that the Gunny had passed away from complications with Pneumonia.
Gunny Ermey served from 1961 to 1972 in the United States Marine Corps and retired a Staff Sergeant but later received an honorary promotion to Gunny Sergeant in 2002 by Commandant James L. Jones.
The Gunny had more than 60 movies to his credit, but none gained more attention and fame than the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket in which the Gunny played a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. Gunny Emery was a real-life Marine Corps Drill Instructor with 3rd Battalion on Paris Island from 1965 to 1967 and for you 3rd Battalion Recruits out there, you know just how realistic a role he played in Full Metal Jacket. 🙂
Some of the Gunny’s other films include Apocalypse Now, The Boys of Company C, Purple Hearts, Mississippi Burning, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, and Dead Man Walking just to name a few. The Gunny also did a number of popular voice-overs and commercials during his long acting career.
The Gunny rappeled from his mother’s womb on March 24, 1944, and reported to St. Peter for reassignment to the streets of Heaven on April 15, 2018, at 74 years of age.
Fair winds and following seas Gunny…
Any officer can get by on his sergeants. To be a sergeant you have to know your stuff. I’d rather be an outstanding sergeant than just another officer.
—SgtMaj Daniel Daly 1873-1937