Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermy passed away this weekend. Even though I am not a Marine, I hold this man in a very high respect. Not only did he serve, and go to Vietnam, he stood for and promoted all of the values that make the USMC what it is.
Probably best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt Hartman in Full Metal Jacket and his edutainment show Mail Call, it’s widely shared (and likely true) that he was picked to portray Hartman after Coppola saw him working with an actor on “how to be a DI”.
He served faithfully to the Corps for his entire life, promoting the Marine Corps mission everywhere he went.
Sir, you will be missed, Sir.