God’s Speed Brother

LC Rurik just called me and it is with an indescribable sadness that I must tell you that our beloved Mike M has left this world and taken his post in Heaven.

Unknown to me he had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive lung cancer in August. On Friday he was told that it had moved to his brain. He returned home Christmas Eve and passed away this morning.

Mike was a Vietnam Marine, a grunt who fought the NVA on Razorback Ridge and the Rockpile. Over the years he became my good friend and my mentor. Our email chains were dozens, if not hundreds or replies long, and in all those words I got to know a man of immeasurable courage, integrity, and intelligence whose counsel and friendship I cherished greatly. I was humbled that a man like him would call me his friend.

I can’t write anymore now, there are too many thoughts and emotions to allow me to write what Mike deserves.

I’m going to miss you brother. I’m sorry that we never had the chance to have that beer together.

Semper Fidelis Marine, now take your post at the Pearly Gates.

 

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LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent

May you find Fair winds and Following Seas Mike M.
Semper Fi…

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

Horrible news!

I’ll never forget his certain… way of saying things. His undeniable patriotism, great sense of humor and absolute refusal to back down in the face of wrongdoing.

Heaven has another proud warrior guarding it tonight.

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby

Mike, Semper Fi. God be with ya, brother. See you soon enough, in the meantime I salute you. You shall indeed be missed!

My Liege, Heaven has enough proud warriors, we need all we can get here and especially now…

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

God Speed Mike….

NR Pax
NR Pax

Requiescat in pace et Semper Fidelis.

LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut

Sending prayers for Mikes family.

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard

The world is a lesser place each time a citizen warrior such as Mike M passes. May God grant peace and healing for his family and friends who knew him, as Mike M now has everything he needs, including freedom from pain.

LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole
LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole

Another Marine reporting for duty. Godspeed Wardog

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.

Requiem: UNDER the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie: Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you ‘grave for me: Here he lies where he long’d to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.… Read more »

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)

Prayers going up for Mike’s family, and may God give them peace and comfort. Mike is home now, where the pain and sickness that he suffered aren’t remembered. Rest well, Mike … and know that you are missed.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

I am so, so sorry, Crunchie…even to the end he spoke to no one, his Christmas present to God…himself. Some things cut through you like a knife…….but you know what, Crunch? He’s got one hell of a resume to present God. And he doesn’t hurt any more, keeping a terrible secret. He wanted to spare everyone he could pain….until he… Read more »

LC Draco
LC Draco

Requiescat in pace et Semper Fidelis X2

LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.

Sending prayers of strength and comfort to Mike’s family.

Godspeed, kind sir.

bruce
bruce

i will say a prayer for you mike as one viet nam grunt to another.

LC PrimEviL
LC PrimEviL

Fair seas, and fair wind, clear sailing to beyond the horizon.

Deepest condolences to the family in their loss.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

Semper Fi, Mike. And prayers for the family.

LC LucysDaddy--Imperial Tire Warranty Expert
LC LucysDaddy--Imperial Tire Warranty Expert

Awwwww, man. That SUCKS!!!

I always liked Mike’s posts here. I will miss them.

God speed, Mike. Semper fi, Marine.

Welcome home, bro.

Patriette
Patriette

Godspeed, Mike M…you were always an inspiration to keep fighting the good fight! Prayers of peace and comfort to Mike’s family. Semper Fidelis, Marine!

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

The Marine Prayer Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without… Read more »

LC Panzermann
LC Panzermann

Semper Fi !

LC MuscleDaddy
LC MuscleDaddy

I get sick and drop off the grid for a few days… Fuck.

Welcome to the Einherjar, Mike – save us a bench, yah?

– MD

PromptCritical
PromptCritical

I was planning on dropping by here to do this, but our family has been preoccupied as of late. Thank you Sir Crunchie for the post and everyone for your wishes. It means a lot. My dad was a wonderful guy who did so much for so many without ever asking for anything in return but friendship and respect. I… Read more »

LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.
LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.

I was saving this set of acoustic strings for my next run through Texas.
‘Reckon’ he’s got that covered now.
‘Gonna’ be some fat angels with the new cook in town.
‘Never knew he was even sick.
He wouldn’t worry the Cadre.
Ain’t that just like a Marine.

Our most heartfelt condolences to Mrs. M.

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

PromptCritical says: It was his way to keep his burdens to himself. Even life-long friends he knew off-line had no idea if he didn’t see them on a regular basis. It has indeed been hard telling so many dear friends such shocking news. Indeed it was. Your dad and I, at least inasmuch as this site can be said to… Read more »

LC Gregory
LC Gregory

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Marine.

Rest easy. No more duty for you.

LC Gregory
LC Gregory

And now Stormin’ Norman too. Rest in peace, great warriors. St. Michael and King David are waiting at check-in.

Thank you Lord for Mike M, I am forever indebted for your service.
G_d bless him and keep him. May Your continence shine upon him and grant Mike M peace.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

I am so very grateful and glad he left us at peace, with his loved ones, and comfortable. After watching my wife departing in the same fashion…that means the world to me. I can’t type any more.

tweell
tweell

Thank you for your service and thoughts, Mike M.. God be with you and your family.

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

I’ve been a little late to the discussion. Sorry. I was rather busy with some other matters the last couple days. But I want to thank PromptCritical and The Lord Himself for sharing Mike M with the rest of us for a while. And I should also take a momemt to thank Mike M for having improved my old neighborhood… Read more »

kwongdzu
kwongdzu

A busy life has made me cut way back on the time I spend online. I am saddened to read that Mike M has passed. Prayers to his family and to all of those who have befriended him through this blog. 🙁

0352crumb crunch
0352crumb crunch

I was deeply saddened to hear of Mikes passing…the world is a lesser place without him. The fact that he chose not to inform us of his condition so as to not make us share his burden is a testament to his character. Semper Fidelis Marine…we’ll take it from here. “And when he gets to heaven to Saint Peter he… Read more »

0352crumb crunch
0352crumb crunch

And Dad, when we all link up on that final liberty call…Ill buy the first round.

PromptCritical
PromptCritical

Thanks for the prayer Vulcanrider. We’re going to use it in the funeral booklet.