About "Ronald Lee Ermey" The Gunny who served in the US Marine
Corps, April 1961 to October 1971, retired as a Staff Sergeant on a medical
R. Lee Ermey was bestowed the
honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months
in Vietnam and later did 2 tours in Okinawa, Japan. After injuries
forced him to retire from the Corps, he moved to the Philippines, enrolling in
the University of Manila, where he studied Criminology and Drama.
R. Lee Ermey was not intended to be
in Full Metal Jacket (1987).
He was hired as a technical advisor for the actor who was to play the drill
instructor, but he did such a good job at it that Ermey himself was hired for
SSgt. Ermey served in the U.S. Marine Corps from April 1961 to October
1971 under the service number 195 60 39. Was retired as a Staff Sergeant on a