Cable TV star helps wounded troops

May 13, 2005 at 5:31 PM

BETHESDA, Md., May 13 (UPI) -- A popular cable television personality on the History Channel is visiting badly wounded U.S. troops, the American Forces Press Service said Friday.

R. Lee Emery, a former U.S. Marine who played the tough Marine drill instructor in the Stanley Kubrick movie "Full Metal Jacket" is now best known as the host of the History Channel's "Mail Call" program and he visited recovering troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda Friday.

"I thought I'd come down and see how they're treating you down here," R. Lee Ermey told one of the patients he visited on the hospital's Ward 68 according to the AFPS report.

A retired Marine gunnery sergeant, Ermey told AFPS that he retired long ago, but he never left the Marine Corps. "I've been with the Marines for 44 years now," he said.

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