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R. Lee Ermey, actor in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

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You are right LCBeer. Ermey belonged to the US Navy even in the 1960s. Director Francis Ford Coppola hired him as a consultant for his war movie 'Apocalypse Now' (1979) and gave him a role as a helicopter pilot. The military instructor then starred in dozens of productions, including the films 'Mississippi Burning', 'Switchback - Merciless Flight' and 'Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' In the Pixar animation 'Toy Story' he gave his voice to the leader of the toy soldiers.

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3 hours ago, wildthing said:

Well the Drill Sergeant  has passed away on Sunday. So I thought I would post in forum for the memories.

 

my very first thought when i heard yesterday was of u wildthing 

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8 hours ago, Zagor said:

You are right LCBeer. Ermey belonged to the US Navy even in the 1960s. Director Francis Ford Coppola hired him as a consultant for his war movie 'Apocalypse Now' (1979) and gave him a role as a helicopter pilot. The military instructor then starred in dozens of productions, including the films 'Mississippi Burning', 'Switchback - Merciless Flight' and 'Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' In the Pixar animation 'Toy Story' he gave his voice to the leader of the toy soldiers.

Correction Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was a Marine...

U.S. Marine Corps

In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California.[2] For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.[4]

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.[2] In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service.[5] On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.[6]

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