R. Lee Ermey lobbies Congress to elevate status of Marine Corps

R. Lee Ermey, a native of Emporia, Kansas, is a former U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant and Vietnam veteran who became famous for playing himself in Hollywood.

Ermey was an Air Cavalry Officer in Apocalypse Now, advised director Louis Gossett in the making of An Officer and a Gentleman, and is best remembered for his role as Gunny Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick‘s Full Metal Jacket. In recent years, his mean mug hosted “Mail Call” and “Lock ‘N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey” on The History Channel.

Now, Ermey is lending his famous lungs to a grassroots cause. Under the belief that Marine Corps members get short shrift within the military ranks, Ermey has joined an effort urging Congress to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps”

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