Good bye Gunny..........


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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.


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dang man.
I was thinking recently about writing a letter to KFC to get him to be the next Colonel in their commercials.


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In the spirit of artfulbullet, I will now take us off topic to remember the real hero of Full Metal Jacket, the author of The Short-Timers, and the original Joker, Gus Hasford. Gus came home from Nam seriously damaged, wrote a book that became a film that earned a good bit of coin for everyone but him, and then died penniless, a convicted library book thief. Semper Fi, Gus.