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Marines with Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (2nd LAAD) conducting a live fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on June 6, 2017. Marines with MARSOC worked with 2nd LAAD to conduct live fire exercises to maintain proficiency and accuracy with various weapon systems. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)

It is with a heavy heart that I post this picture. Marines and fans everywhere are in shock tonight as we received word that we lost a true warrior, R. Lee Ermey. Known to everyone as “The Gunny” he captured the hearts and imaginations of young devil dogs, such as myself when he played Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the movie Full Metal Jacket. This morning, the Gunny has left this world and is now with his fellow Marine brothers and sisters guarding heaven’s streets. 

It was a true honor to meet the man during my deployment to Iraq. The Gunny came to visit us in Nasiriyah during our deployment. Got my picture taken with him and got his autograph on an Iraqi dinar (their dollar bill). He came into our battalion area and stood on top of the roof of a HUMWV and was talking to us for about 45 minutes, telling us what was happening back in the states. He also got us pumped up by redoing all his famous lines from Full Metal Jacket! Once he finished he asked us if we could give hime about 30 minutes to eat some chow, but after that he was ours for the night, anything we wanted, pics, autographs, he said he was there for us! Over 150 Marines lined up and he took the time for each and every one of us to pose for pics and sign whatever we wanted. It is a memory that will stay will me forever and will always cherish. Semper Fi, Gunny. Till Valhalla warrior.

A U.S. Marine carries an action figure of Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey on his back, as a good luck charm during the battle of Fallujah in November 2004. 

This is just one example of how much Ermey was revered by his fellow Marines. After receiving word yesterday of his passing, the world seems a bit lesser place without him. RIP Gunny. Your legend will live forever in our hearts. Semper Fi.

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Freestyle day at the 2018 Armed Forces Championships - 11:00 ET/16:00 UTC

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Secretary of Defense Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan After Deadly Taliban Rampage on Afghan Military Base

(U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis looks out over Kabul as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters on April 24, 2017, in in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mattis is on a regional tour of the Middle East. )

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the two-week-old kitten and gave her the name “Miss Hap” because, he explained, “she was born at the wrong place at the wrong time”. There’s a juxtaposition between the soldier and the human. He’s dressed for war but hasn’t lost the ability to care for another living creature.