“Full Metal Jacket” Actor and Marine Vet R. Lee Ermey Just Buried At Arlington

“Full Metal Jacket” Actor and Marine Vet R. Lee Ermey Just Buried At Arlington | World War Wings Videos

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The Legendary R. Lee Ermey

Sgt. R. Lee Ermey during National Cable &Telecommunications Association Press Tour at The Ritz Carlton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage / Getty Images

R. Lee Ermey is a legend. The American actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” sadly passed away on April 15, 2018. He was 75.

Today, January 18th, 2019, he is laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery.

Military Career

R. Lee Ermey at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Palms on Camp Hansen, Okinawa. | Zachary B / Public Domain

R. Lee Ermey served with the Marine Corps for 11 years, for the most part touring as a drill instructor. A Vietnam veteran, he spent 14 grueling months in the thick of the conflict. Ermey was promoted to staff sergeant in Okinawa shortly before being medically discharged in 1972. No doubt his real-life grit is what made him so convincing as an actor.

Film Career

Actors Vincent d’Onofrio, Matthew Modine and R.Lee Ermey on the set of “Full Metal Jacket”. | Sunset Boulevard/Corbis / Getty Images

Ermey’s film career reflected his military career; his characters were always characters of authority. In addition to “Full Metal Jacket,” his credits include a helicopter pilot in “Apocalypse Now,” appearances in “Mississippi Burning, “Deadman Walking,” and even “Toy Story.” He was also the host of  The History Channel’s “Mail Call” where he answered military questions from viewers. Ermey leaves a legacy of more than 60 film film and television credits.

Arlington Burial

R. Lee Ermey, Former Marine and movie star (center), poses with the G-3 Ops and Training Staff after he was honored and meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) for his contributions to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). | Sergeant Johnathan B. Stoller | Public Domain

Today, Ermey’s formal burial honors him with a casket team, firing party, bugler, folding and presentation of the American flag. He will also have a stretch of road near his home in Palmdale, California named after him.

Rest in peace, fine sir.

See this just uploaded footage of his burial below.

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