Remembering R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey interred at Arlington National Cemetery months after death

Former Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey has been laid to rest months after he passed away at the age of 74. 

The military man turned actor died on April 15, 2018, in California, but his cremains were interred Friday in section 82 of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Marine Corps Times reported.

He succumbed to complications from pneumonia, USA Today had reported last year.

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Among those in attendance at the ceremony in the snow covered national cemetery, were his brothers Terry and Jack Ermey.

“Ron always had that element of surprise,” Terry Ermey told the crowd of family and friends. Betty and Clinton Ermey, R. Lee Ermey’s children, related how Ermey tried to learn to ride a unicycle. Friends also shared when he bought a buffalo robe, complete with horns, and wore it on an airplane to bring it home, the Marine Corps Times reported

“I can only imagine him getting on the plane with those buffalo horns on,” retired 12th Sgt. Major. of the Marine Corps Harold Overstreet said during the ceremony, which was attended by almost 100 people.

Ermey was sent off with full military honors, including a Marine Corps bugler, a bagpiper and the firing of three volleys, the Marine Corps Times reported.

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Ermey is survived by Marianila Ermey, his wife of 38 years, six children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, the Marine Corps Times reported.

FILE PHOTO: Actor, television personality and former U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey attends the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. His cremains were taken to Arlington National Cemetery Friday, nearly a year after his death.
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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