Actor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National

Actor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National Cemetery With Full Military Honors

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January 22, 2019 12:32 By Mambee

'Full Metal Jacket' star R. Lee Ermey has been laid to rest with full military honors on Friday, January 18th. 

The former U.S. Marine drill instructor achieved worldwide fame and legendary status when he appeared in the 1987 film, 'Full Metal Jacket.'

Actor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National Cemetery With Full Military HonorsActor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National Cemetery With Full Military HonorsGetty Images / Ideal Image

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Ermey's role won him the Boston Society of Film Critics Award and he was also nominated for the Golden Globes as Best Supporting Actor.

Overall, he was able to amass more than 25 years in Hollywood and was considered one of the most successful actors in film and television by appearing in more than sixty feature films.

Actor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National Cemetery With Full Military HonorsActor R. Lee Ermey Is Laid To Rest At The Arlington National Cemetery With Full Military HonorsGetty Images / Ideal Image

He joined the Marines in 1961 where he became a drill instructor. He later served tours of duty in Asia.

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According to his website, Ermey rose to the rank of staff sergeant during his 11-year military career, after which he was medically discharged, in 1972, as a result of injuries.

In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) by Commandant James L. Jones. This made him the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted.

The US Naval Institute confirmed that Ermey passed away from pneumonia complications. His death was first announced by his long-time manager Bill Rogin, on a Twitter post shared on April 15, 2018.

At the time, several of the actor's fans took to social media to offer their condolences and also shared tributes to the accomplished actor and military man. 

According to an obituary in the New York Times, Ermey is survived by his wife, Marianila Ermey, his brothers, Jack and Terry; his children, Kim, Anna Liza, Evonne, Clinton and Rhonda, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ermey made an impact on the world both as an actor and as a marine. He will certainly be missed.

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