R. Lee Ermey, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Turned Iconic Actor, Will Be Buried At Arlington

Bullet Points
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)

Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.


  • Ermy, who rose to fame for his powerful performance turning recruits into killing machines as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, died of complications from pneumonia on April 15, 2018.
  • "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man," Bill Rogin, Ermey's long-time agent, told Task & Purpose in a statement after news of his death broke. "The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need."
  • We've reached out to Arlington National Cemetary for more information. You can learn more at the cemetery's website here.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things You Never Realized About 'Full Metal Jacket'

WATCH NEXT: In Memory of R. Lee Ermey

USCGC Bramble (Public domain)

A 76- year-old former U.S. Coast Guard ship that was one of the first vessels to pass through the indomitable Northwest Passage and circumnavigate the entire North American continent, will be auctioned off on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Mobile at Noon on Dec. 4.

Read More Show Less

It can see through smoke and in near total darkness, translate written foreign languages and pull up detailed maps, and can rapidly acquire and identify targets. It's the Army's new heads-up display of the future, and it's coming to an armory near you sooner than you think.

Read More Show Less

Care packages put together by First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence on Wednesday could soon end up at a military base near you.

Read More Show Less

A Coast Guard seaman accused of murder was released from a San Diego brig Monday as the admiral overseeing his prosecution ordered a new hearing in the case.

Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Douglas Munro, a high endurance cutter based in Kodiak, Alaska.

Tucker is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, making false official statements, obstruction of justice and failure to obey orders. He has not entered a plea and won't do so unless his case is referred to a court-martial.

Read More Show Less
Oops (Twitter)

There's something very, very wrong with a recent tweet from the official Twitter account of the Defense Department. Can you spot it?

Let's zoom in, just in case.

Read More Show Less