Gunny G: Lock and Load, Cocked and Locked, “Honorary” Doctorates, etc. « CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL
…..Jack Webb has been dead these many years, and Ermey has gone on to acclaim as an actor and personality. Ermey, having reached the rank of staff sergeantwhile on active duty, has now been officially appointed/promoted to the “honorary” rank of gunnery sergeant by the Marine Corps, a title which he uses as a television personality, etc.
This serves to remind me that Benjamin Franklin was the recipient of one or more “honorary” doctorates. Honorary doctorates are not “earned” degrees, nor conferred on the basis of work done or academic achievements met, etc.. I have read that Franklin thereafter went by… “Doctor Franklin.” Some say he even insisted that members of Congress address him as such. Whether or not anyone ever took him seriously and complied, I don’t know. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), and others, BTW, have also been promoted to honorary Marine Corps ranks, but of course, Nabors was best known anyway as a comic.
I have seen Ermey’s performances in several movies, and I agree that he is a pretty fair actor, maybe even better than fair, in some cases. As to his judgement in choice of certain parts/roles he accepts to play…well that’s another story, I think. I read an RLE Interview (below) where he was questioned on that point, and I believe he just alluded to the amount of pay he received for that dubious part in question.
I do think, and I must honestly say, that the character he has developed on his television presentations is something less than desireable for the image of a United States Marine. In fact it may indeed be a throwback to the old pre-WW II films depicting the military sergeant as a less than super-intelligent character. “
Gunny G’s 1956, The Making of Marines…
(Lock and Load?) Locked and Cocked!
Marine Mail Guards…