R. Lee Ermey, decorated veteran and actor in over 55 films had passed away this day. Nicknamed "Gunny" by his piers, Ermey was born on March 24, 1944, in Emporia, Kansas. Gunny grew up with 5 brothers and by his teenage years, had gotten into trouble with the law. After facing a judge, he was given a choice of jail or the military and he decided to join the military. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. by 1961 and served until 1972. During this time, he had served in Vietnam, but was medically discharged due to injuries in his service to the military. He however remained within the military and by 2002, Ermey earned the promotion of Gunnery Sgt., which is where he earned the nickname "Gunny".
Aside from his military career, Gunny had also made himself well known in the cinema as well. He was seen iconically as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman from the Stanley Kubrick classic "Full Metal Jacket", as a chopper pilot in the Vietnam film "Apocalypse Now". He also lent his voice to the sergeant in the Disney-Pixar film series "Toy Story", as well as the 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and in the Steven Segal film "On Deadly Ground". He has also made his way onto the History Channel, particularly on the shows "Lock N Load With R. Lee Ermey", as well as "Mail Time" and his most recent show "Gunny Time". Gunny died on April 15, 2018, due to complications related to pneumonia. He leaves behind his wife Nila and their 4 children and will be missed by all.