R. Lee Ermey, Marine Icon and Actor In Full Metal Jacket, Dies Following Battle With Pneumonia

R. Lee Ermey was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 1971 after 11 years of service. He served in Vietnam and Okinawa, but he is best known for his stint as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego from 1965 to 1967. It was this role that he would famously reprise in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket. The abusive, vulgar and belittling barrage that he unleashed on a group of terrified military recruits, opened the movie and doors to a future in...

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