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Semper Fi Gunny, Godspeed!

Semper Fi Gunny, Godspeed! Admin |

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.


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!

Bern Ketelsen,

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

Donna Calli,

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!

Dale Rowe,

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

Antonio P. Muyco,

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

Patrick McBride,

Semper Fi Gunny, A true American Hero, one of the last of the old breed, you will be greatly missed!


Loved everything you were involved with, would have love to have met you in person, you were the prototypical, charismatic, E7, Semper Fi and Godspeed, you will be missed.

GregT 87′-94′,

I sit here typing this statement as a former U.S Marine as a person who’s love for my beloved Corps that will never die all because we as Marine earn that title and no man can take that from us. There are those who will never understand us all because we are The Few The Proud The United States Marines. Some say we are not right in our way of thinking or acting in civilian life some have the deepest of respect for our service to this nation. Some look down on us all because of this new thing Political Correctness thing going on now in the nation. But in the end this nation of ours will call upon those like the Gunny and many more of my fellow Marines like my son now a Marine. So Gunny I say to you job well done because you showed this what a true Marine is and we will dearly miss you sir (yes I know you work for a living ) But this time must address you with that name. Keep a place in heaven for will you Gunny I hope to see you soon.Ava8harrierusmc1

victor camp,

Thank You for that elegy. Semper Fi, Gunny!


“You’re so ugly — you could be a modern art masterpiece!” Short & sweet and… “G”Rated, one of the few.

ken chambers,

Semper Fi Gunny! Rest Peacefully.

Charles “Doc” Henke (FMF/USN),

Time to report for guard duty Gunny, Semper Fi.

Kurt Sumerfelt Cpl of Marines 78-82,

jarheads dont die: they go to hell to be reassigned!!!! OOOOOHHHHRAH!!!!!

Sam shapiro,

Semper Fi Gunny and carry on, in which I know you will. Tell my wife up there I love her she’ll be proud to meet you. OOORAH Devil Dog.

Bob Lawson Cpl USMC 75-79,

Hey Gunny God Speed, Meet you at NSA Bahrain during your tour. We’ll miss you brother. Semper Fi.

Ed Lammon SGT USMC 66/67 68/69 VN, MWR Dir. NSA Bahrain 2002-06,

RIP and prayers to your family. Semper Fi!!!!! Gunny.

Sgt R. “Sal” Salinas, VietNam 67-68 69-70,

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