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RIP Gunny

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RIP Gunny
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:17 PM

R. Lee Ermey passed away today at the age of 74.  I will always remember him best from “Full Metal Jacket”, but I loved his “Mail Call” series on the History Channel. 


Semper Fi Gunny.


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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:30 PM

That's a shame.  What a character he was.  He will be missed.

He was the sarge in Toy Story too.



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Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:24 PM

That's too bad, sorry to hear.



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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:27 PM

So sad, an American icon of sorts.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:28 PM

Sorts is a good way of putting it.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:30 PM
Very cool guy

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:42 PM

Well I know a few that've gone through Marines Recruit Depot. To paraphrase another, they either though it was the greatest organization in the world, or they counted the days until they left.

All men. As for women, they may get equal footing in the next century.

I though he was a complete Jack Wagon.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, April 16, 2018 12:38 PM


Sorts is a good way of putting it.


To many Americans who never served, he is their idea of a drill sergeant. That's what I meant.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 16, 2018 12:49 PM

I thought he was a little over the top but funny. Like MM I really enjoyed "Mail Call"

God speed R Lee.


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Posted by armornut on Monday, April 16, 2018 1:24 PM

  If I recall he was also the father in the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movie. Mail Call was fun, I remembered he also destroyed a TON of watermelons with guns.

  Sempri Fi Gunny.

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, April 16, 2018 2:09 PM

I don't know what his training as an entertainer might have been, but I considered him to be a very accomplished and versatile actor. He was entirely convincing in many flicks, especially as the Mayor in Mississippi Burning, and then the D.I. in Full Metal Jacket.

As an impromptu character on TV he was witty and funny, I enjoyed watching him work, he did love weapons and the Corps.

 At ease, Gunny.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, April 16, 2018 5:46 PM

Gunny's return to Vietnam after 40 years that aired on History was especially moving.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:56 AM

Yeah, a sad day. I always enjoyed 'Mail Call' and his roles in the movies he was in. 


I bet the Grim Reaper got an earful when he came to collect Gunny!!! 

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:18 PM

While he may have been a little over the top as the DI in FMJ, you have to remember that back in the day, that was the norm.  USAF DI's weren't that bad but still in the same line back in the early 70's, and I'm sure that the Marine and Army DI's were even more so in the mid-late 60's. Trying to instill something in their people that would get them home, knowing where most of them were headed.

RIP Gunny, enjoyed watching whatever you did on the screen.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2:02 PM

He was the Sarge of the GAM in Toy Story

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Posted by drumsfield on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2:13 PM

Though I disagree with his political views, he was a great actor and his drill instructor portrayal in Full Metal Jacket will always be remembered as one of the best military performances of all time. My time in military school was directly affected by the movie as the senior classmen worked hard to emulate his bad assery in our daily regement. Just imagine the countless recruits to to this day use his role in that movie as the motivation to elist in our military. He was an American Icon though under appreciated.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:50 AM


 R.Lee Ermy--- R.I.P. Gunny . He and I Never crossed paths , but , he did remind me of my days as a D.I. at Camp LeJuene ! We had hoped and always strove to instill that in a boy , what a man needed to do to survive in the Hamburger Grinder that is battle .

 Yes , it was a different time . My men , all of them are alive today , as far as I know . Why ? Because I took my duties seriously . Sometimes it was indeed a lonely job . You make them dislike you just to the point of hatred . Then they will strive to show you who's the better Marine .

 Four of my guys live here where I do .They all made " Gunny " What more needs be said . R.Lee was funny , serious and over the top . But he loved the Corp and all it stood for . Politically correct , No way . But I was told that on 9-11 when I tried to re-up . 

 I wasn't politically correct enough . T.B.

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Posted by Wirraway on Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:14 AM
Tanker- you tried to re-up in your 50's ? Hard core man.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:23 AM

Not so Hard core :

 Just an American wanting to defend the unarmed and helpless . That was a day that changed a lot of my thinking . Politically Correct My $%% ! ! 

 All that ever got us was heartache and defeat . No one was politically correct when they firebombed my Grandmother's hometown of Dresden .

 The Allies won though , didn't we ? No person who is innocent should fear the morning!

 Sorry , politics and religion are Taboo here . Nuff , said . Can you say "Tough Old Bird " .That's what my Landlady calls me . Out of the Hospital one day after cardiac surgery. 

 You see , I love this country and the life it's given me . I love yours too .Why ? The idea that some of my closest friends that really understand me are from the Land Down Under and New Zealand . Real Folks all !


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