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Ronald Lee Ermey, professionally known as R. Lee Ermey, is an American voice actor on The Angry Beavers.

Early life

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944, and was raised with his five brothers on a farm outside of Kansas City, Kansas.[1] In 1958, when Ermey was 14, he and his family left Kansas and moved to Toppenish, Washington.[1] As a teenager, Ermey often got in trouble with the local authorities, and had been arrested twice for criminal mischief by age 17.[1] After his second arrest, a judge gave him a choice between joining the military or being sent to jail; Ermey chose the former.

Military career

U.S. Marine Corps

In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California.[1] For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa, Japan.[1] In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in the country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service.[2]

On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by Commandant James L. Jones, becoming the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted.[2]

Personal life

Ermey married his wife, Nila, in 1975. They have four children. In Ermey's television show Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, he refers to his wife as "Mrs. Gunny". He is also the official celebrity spokesperson of the youth organization, Young Marines.

Characters portrayed

  • Sergeant Goonther

References

External links

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