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Well-known Bada** Marine R. Lee Ermey to be buried at Arlington

Sgt. R. Lee Ermey was well-known for his roles in such Hollywood hits as “Full Metal Jacket” and as the host of History Channel's "Mail Call."

January 04, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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(CONNECTING VETS) - Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, known for his roles in such Hollywood hits as “Full Metal Jacket” and as the host of History Channel's "Mail Call" will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, according to the cemetery’s web site.  

He died April 15, 2018 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 74.

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Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas March 24, 1944, and moved with his family to Zillah, Washington when he was 14. He was arrested twice for criminal mischief by the time he was 17.  Following his second arrest, a judge gave him a choice: Go to the jail or enter the service.

Ermey chose the Marines. He served as a drill sergeant and spent 14 months in Vietnam before being medically discharged as a staff sergeant in 1972 due to multiple injuries. Ermey was honorably promoted to gunnery sergeant by then Commandant James Jones in 2002.

He was given a role in his first film, "Apocalypse Now," while a student at the University of Manila in the Philippines and went on to become a popular reality TV star, appearing in such shows as Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey and Gunny Time.