Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey blasts ship captain… in Italian?


Gunny Ermey has some choice words for Captain Francesco Schettino (via Facebook).

A Facebook page dedicated to the tar and feathering of ship’s captain Francesco Schettino, who appears to have fled the $45 million cruise ship Costa Concordia and its passengers and crew after grounding it off the coast of Italy’s Tuscany region, has turned to a famous Marine Corps icon to express its disdain for the man some Italians have named “chicken of the sea.”

Among dozens of satirical illustrations created using well known images from movies, music albums and other pop culture, is the famous shot of retired Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey shouting — in Italian — at a superimposed profile shot of Schettino.

The photo illustration is headlined with the words “Get back to your ship immediately” in Italian. Ermey, who has a propensity for telling it like it is, no doubt would have some choice words for Schettino if he ran into him.

The Facebook page ridiculing Schettino, who, among other excuses for having fled the sinking ship, has said he tripped and fell into a life boat, has close to 62,000 followers.



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  1. After his retirement Winston Churchill was cruising the Mediterranean on an Italian cruise liner. Some Italian journalists asked why an ex British Prime Minister should chose an Italian ship. “There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship” said Churchill. “First their cuisine is unsurpassed. Second their service is superb. And then, in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about women and children first”. Smart man Mr. Churchill!

  2. Ray Lancaster GySgt USMC (Ret on

    OOH RAAH Gunny Ermey. This piece of human garbage needs the deep 6 or better yet Keeled Hauled. I don’t believe that even the best Marine Corps could install Corps Values on the big lump of dog squeeze.

  3. Ray Lancaster GySgt USMC (Ret on

    You said the Gunny died a couple of years ago. You need to go back and look at his website. Gunny Ermey is still alive as I type this.

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