Rest In Peace R. Lee Ermey (USMC, Ret)


Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time 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.


25 Responses to “Rest In Peace R. Lee Ermey (USMC, Ret)”

  1. Ian Cornell says:

    I learned so much from him watching Mail Call when I was growing up. He will definitely be missed. Thank you for your service Gunny

  2. Gerard says:

    Rest in Peace Gunny Ermey. Your service will not be forgotten

  3. cy says:

    You will be missed Gunny. You gave those who did not serve a little taste of the life.

  4. Tobias Funke says:

    Very sad news. Awesome guy.

  5. Meesh says:

    Iconic character. True American. Will be missed by all.

  6. jbgleason says:

    I had the honor to meet him on more than one occasion. He was truly a humble and funny gentleman. Not an ounce of fake in him. We are diminished.

  7. Snakeman says:

    RIP Gunny.

  8. Gunny Reyes says:

    RIP I’ll be there soon to guard the pearly gates with you.


  9. Alpha2 says:

    Rest In Peace Gunny Ermey, you will not be forgotten.

  10. Ravey Daniel says:

    Rest in peace Gunny Ermey

    Tank you for your service

  11. T.H says:

    Rest In Peace, a great Man goes to Heaven. Thanks for Inspiration, a Hero of My Younger Days. Greetings from Germany

  12. Barry Rosenschein says:

    I met him at last year’s NRA show. What a true quality person. R.I.P. Gunny.

    • Jose Mendana says:

      Old Marines never dies, just taken a step back to push forward the Young Marines. RIP Gunny.

  13. Jack Luz says:

    Semper Fi Gunny

  14. Joe T says:

    Was a great American.
    A true patriot.
    He is in my prayers.

  15. Bill Walter, Cpl. USMC ‘69-‘75 says:

    I am proud to be a Marine brother of yours, Gunny! Enjoy your last Duty assignment. I hear the CO is a good guy, serve him well.
    Semper Fi Gunny R. Lee Ermey.

  16. Chris says:

    Met him at an air show several years ago as he was grabbing lunch. Still took the time to shake everyones hand and say hello. Fantastic guy.

  17. Ex Coelis says:

    G.Sgt R. Lee Ermey had some of THE greatest script-lines to have ever come out of any of Hollywood’s movie-mills – “But always remember this – Marines Die – that’s what we’re here for but the Marine Corps live forever and that means, you live forever”. “You can give your heart to Jesus but your Ass belongs to the Corps”. While I will greatly miss R. Lee Ermey(but as General Patton advised us) – ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men that died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived’. Thank God for R. Lee Ermey and the ability to have watched his talents in my life time. Rest easy, Sir. You’ve more than earned it….

  18. Mel Blossom Jr. says:

    Thank you for service GUNNERY SERGEANT. I feel a great loss knowing that you are gone. My flag is at half staff for you today..SEMPER FI MARINE

  19. Mel Blossom Jr. says:

    Thank you for your service GUNNERY SERGEANT. I feel a great loss knowing that you are gone. My flag is at half staff for you today..SEMPER FI MARINE

  20. Journey well Gunny. You ARE a great American Patriot. We will all miss you.
    The Crew at Blac-Rac Manufacturing

  21. Magnus says:

    R.I.P Gunny
    Semper Fi

  22. Magnus says:

    R.I.P Gunny

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