#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran R. Lee Ermey


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is R. Lee Ermey.

Lee served from 1961 to 1972. He deployed to Vietnam for 14 months, did two tours in Okinawa, and spent time as a drill instructor. He left the Corps as a staff sergeant, but later received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant from Commandant General James Jones in 2002.

He is best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the iconic military film Full Metal Jacket. His performance as Gunny Hartman earned him a Golden Globe nomination and the adoration of many aspiring to become a Marine.

He went on to perform many more roles including voices for The Angry Beavers, Toy Story 3, Family Guy and The Simpsons. He also hosted Outdoor Channel’s “GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey.”

Lee died on Sunday from complications with pneumonia. He was 74.

Semper Fi, Gunny.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


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