R. Lee Ermey Family Donates Auction Funds to Dumfries Nonprofit

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The family of the late R. Lee Ermey donated more than $10,000 to the Young Marines from the auction of Ermey’s private collection of guns, scripts, and memorabilia. Ermey, who died April 15, 2018, was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his staunch support to the youth program.

“R. Lee Ermey was a devoted friend of the Young Marines, and he supported us in every way possible,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He was more than a spokesman; he cared deeply about our youth and believed in our mission. We are so grateful to the Ermey family for this generous donation.”

Ermey was a frequent guest at the Young Marines’ adult leadership conference, at which he motivated and inspired the adult volunteers of the program. Ermey helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to support the mission of the Young Marines as the emcee of the charity auction at the annual Young Marines Golf Tournament.

Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later, after serving 14 months in Vietnam and two tours in Okinawa, Japan, he was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps.

Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to enroll at the University of Manila in the Philippines where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming “Apocalypse Now” in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role.

He went on to star or appear in approximately 60 films. Ermey’s most famous role was Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. He won the Best Supporting Actor award for the same film from The Boston Society of Film Critics. In addition, Ermey appeared in numerous character roles in such films as “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Se7en,” and “Dead Man Walking.”

“He was always very proud of his association with the Young Marines because he truly believed in our mission,” Davis said. “He was a huge supporter and met with many Young Marines to inspire while he was alive. He appreciated our efforts to instill our youth members with a powerful sense of patriotism and responsibility.”

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About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through high school graduation. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork, and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 235 units with 5,700 youth and 2,100 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website: youngmarines.org.



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