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kg4kpg 06-03-2010 10:37 PM

Semper Fi Gunny
Saw this on another forum. great man.


Subject: FW: Death of Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey - United States
Marine Corps
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:26:35 -0500

.RIP R. Lee Ermey, 1944-2010

It's with a heavy heart that I find myself writing this about someone
I've admired for many years. Ever since "Full Metal Jacket", R. Lee
Ermey embodied the image of a hard-*** Marine for most of us. He was a
person whose personal life was as interesting as the characters he
portrayed. Serving in the Marines from 1961-1972 as a staff sergeant,
he was later given the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant because of his
ongoing support of military personnel everywhere, and because of his
gritty portrayal of Gunny Hartmann.

He had a decorated career before being medically retired in 1972 because
of the numerous injuries he sustained in his years of service. Ermey's
service awards can be seen here:

Ermey succumbed to complications associated with pneumonia at 3:14 AM at
his home in San Diego. His nearly sixty film appearances will continue
to inspire and cement his legacy for many years to come.

Give 'em hell, Gunny! Now Guarding the Gates,

A slow hand salute

Ageless Stranger 06-03-2010 10:41 PM

When did he die? I loved the entire boot camp portion of FMJ just because of him. RIP sir.

InfernoGirl 06-03-2010 10:41 PM

Awww man, I love him.... Sorry to hear of his passing. ( I want your salute, btw, how'd you do that?)

Ageless Stranger 06-03-2010 10:47 PM


Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 643652)
( I want your salute, btw, how'd you do that?)

Right click on it. Select properties. Copy the address. Click on this Paste and you're done.

I like using the .gif smilies from another forum I visit here too. ;)

RatherBNarizona 06-03-2010 11:01 PM

Did he really die? When??!

Ageless Stranger 06-03-2010 11:13 PM

No apparently it was a hoax. I can't find any evidence that he's dead.

N39-W120 06-03-2010 11:14 PM

Looks like this started yesterday some time.... It is a hoax and a release form Ermey should be out soon

2010 . 06 . 02
Attention Marines! R. Lee Ermey is Alive and Well!

According to one of their members started a forum thread announcing that R Lee Ermey had passed away. This hoax caught wind and the rumor has spread like wildfire. The Gunny is not only alive, but as strong as ever.
We will be posting the official press release from his team as soon as it is available. The Gunny is a member of the Marine family, and as such we feel it is of the utmost importance to spread the word that we will not allow him to be “killed off” by some prankster in the media. More information forthcoming….
R. Lee Ermey’s Team has put out an official statement for the press -
“It’s going to take a lot more than some Internet rumor to kill this old Marine,” said Full Metal Jacket star R. Lee Ermey. “I can state unequivocally that I am still alive.”
Ermey was responding to several Internet hoaxes reporting that the “Gunny” had died earlier in the week. In fact, Ermey was in Washington D.C. supporting the National Memorial Day parade and speaking about the bill in Congress to change the name of the “Department of the Navy” to the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps”.
The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and currently has 78 Senate co-sponsors.
Ermey said a major reason for his involvement with the campaign was to properly honor Marines who have fought and died in battle.
“When the family of a fallen Marine receives a condolence letter, the Marine Corps name should be proudly mentioned,” Ermey said. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.”
Read more about Ermey’s recent adventures in a Washington Post article about the National Memorial Day Parade and his support of Marine Cause.

Ageless Stranger 06-03-2010 11:35 PM

That's great news.

drivebytruckerz 06-03-2010 11:48 PM

Gunny's not dead...

Ageless Stranger 06-03-2010 11:54 PM

We know. ;)

drivebytruckerz 06-03-2010 11:59 PM


Ageless Stranger 06-04-2010 12:05 AM


Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz (Post 643698)

:D I was just pulling your chain a little. I didn't know at the top of the thread.

drivebytruckerz 06-04-2010 12:10 AM

I know.. a one word response was my way of conceding that I didn't do the legwork to check before I posted. No worries.

kg4kpg 06-04-2010 05:29 AM

Yep, guess it was a hoax. Here's an LA Times story. After I saw that post I searched the web and found nothing plus nothing was reported on the news. Good to hear though, he's always fun to watchg in the movies or his shows.

R. Lee Ermey of 'Full Metal Jacket' fame fights back against rumors of his death| Afterword: Obituaries | Los Angeles Times

pakman55 06-04-2010 06:30 AM

im glad hes still with us. i follow Mail Call and now his new one Lock 'n' Load on the History Channel.

pking911 06-04-2010 07:48 AM

glad he's not dead, that guy is kind of a legend.

drivebytruckerz 06-04-2010 07:59 AM

Gunny happened to be in Atlanta doing a filming of Mail Call and he was at my buddy's Marine Reserve unit the day he got promoted to LCpl. He got pinned by him. I was jealous. Still am.

jgano23 06-04-2010 08:05 AM


Ageless Stranger 06-04-2010 08:39 AM

:rofl: Jess. I'm watching "ten minutes of boot camp" on youtube right now. I'd link it but it's just a little rough for a family forum. :redface:

530ktm 06-04-2010 11:34 AM

Wow. You guys had me worried there. I almost called my wife until I read further down. We love this guy.

BestopTeam@Bestop 06-04-2010 11:51 AM

Who wakes up in the morning and says "I know - let's start a rumor about that Gunny guy dying" ?

With that much talent for getting internet and media attention, there's got to be something positive they could do. Weird.

Ageless Stranger 06-04-2010 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop (Post 644089)
Who wakes up in the morning and says "I know - let's start a rumor about that Gunny guy dying" ?

With that much talent for getting internet and media attention, there's got to be something positive they could do. Weird.

I know, right? People can really tick me off sometimes.

drivebytruckerz 06-04-2010 01:26 PM

When it comes back around in the end.. whoever did this will actually die, and nobody will know or care.. it'll be a funny ending.

Jerry Bransford 06-04-2010 02:59 PM

Crap, I let out a big 'awwwww' when I first opened up this thread and read Lee Ermey had died. I'm most relieved to learn he hasn't really passed away, Gunny Ermey deserves to live forever. I am now elated to find he is still alive, kicking, and probably desirous as hell of beating the hell out of whoever started that false rumor.

Ageless Stranger 06-04-2010 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz (Post 644194)
When it comes back around in the end.. whoever did this will actually die, and nobody will know or care.. it'll be a funny ending.

I agree. That's how irony works. :appl:

sladeb 06-05-2010 09:28 PM

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got to meet him last month. being a former marine myself it was really special

Ageless Stranger 06-05-2010 09:41 PM

^^ cool! ^^

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