Semper Fi Gunny, Godspeed!

Semper Fi Gunny, Godspeed!

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s longtime manager, Bill Rogin:

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. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It’s actually the Riflemen’s Creed. “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.

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  • Bern Ketelsen

    Gunny, Remember this, Marines die and that’s what we are here for, but the Marine Corp lives forever, therefore you live for ever. Gunny rest In Peace at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, Ooooraaaah!

  • Donna Calli

    Rest in peace Marine, your watch is over. God bless you, and your family.

  • Dale Rowe

    He was a man among men. He made all of us proud and gave us all a reflection of the Drill Instructor that made us what we are. R.I.P Gunny!

  • Antonio P. Muyco

    God bless you! Gunny! We’ll meet again! Semper Fidelis!

  • Patrick McBride

    SEMPER FI GUNNY. You will be missed. Now you can hang out with Chesty and the boys.

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