It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
Sad news that R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74. A Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps, he was both a drill instructor and a Vietnam Veteran. He retired due to service injuries in 1972. He served as a technical advisor on a few war flicks and then achieved fame for his role as, what else, a drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket (1987). He stayed steadily employed thereafter, usually playing military hard cases, but often with a flair for humor. He was a conservative in a liberal industry. He and his one and only wife had four kids. I will miss him. First and last he was a Marine and never tired in retirement of supporting the Marines, visiting injured Marines in hospitals and taking part in Toys for Tots. Fare thee well Marine, and may your next duty post involve guarding the streets of the Heavenly Kingdom.