Ermey, R. (Ronald) Lee, GySgt

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Gunnery Sergeant
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2002-2002, USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Other Service Branches
Service Years
1961 - 1972

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by GySgt David R. Marcussen to remember Marine GySgt R. (Ronald) Lee Ermey.

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In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California. For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service. On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.

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The news was announced via his official Twitter account by his longtime manager.
R. Lee Ermey, a Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has died.

Ermey, whose nickname was "The Gunny," died Sunday morning from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.

The news was announced via his official twitter account by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin, who wrote: "It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."
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  1961, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), A
  1966, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 306 (Instructor)1
  1966, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 371 (Instructor)
 Unit Assignments
MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CAMWSG-17MCB Camp Butler, OkinawaUSMC (United States Marine Corps)/Other Service Branches
  1965-1967, 8511, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA
  1968-1969, MWSG-17
  1970-1972, MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa
  2002-2002, USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Other Service Branches
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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  1972-1974, Others/Not Listed
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