Oh, this hurts so much, to write the word “was”. I am sitting here at my desk, with tears leaking from my eyes. Boss was ex-Special Forces, a family man, living in Florida with “the lovely and talented Mrs. Mongo” and kids, when he was cut down by a massive heart attack. The hearts of every single member of Ricochet.com are broken today. We are devastated by this totally-unexpected death in our ranks.
Boss Mongo, besides being a wonderful, powerful (in all senses of the word), man, was a really great writer. His posts about military life, post-military life, self-defense, and even fiction, were eagerly lapped-up by Ricochet members whenever they appeared, and often were promoted to the Main Feed by editors. In February, when Rush Limbaugh succumbed to his lung cancer, Boss wrote a lovely tribute post, which was seen by an editor at the Limbaugh Letter. That post was printed in the Limbaugh Letter for all of Rush’s family and listeners/subscribers to read. Boss was one of the most eloquent of Ricochet members.
Aside from being a great writer, Boss called in to many of the Ricochet audio-meetups (AMU) which are held every Monday night. I used to be a regular caller, but neglected to call in once I retired. When I did call in, Boss was effusive in his welcome to me, and I just loved to talk to him. He had a dry sense of humor, and a ready wit. We could make fun of each other with impunity.
As far as I know, Boss Mongo had no enemies or detractors on Ricochet. Everyone who met him in person at a meetup, or talked to him in an AMU just loved him. He sometimes got angry, but never at any other member. His tongue could be a slashing sword, but only to leftists or suck-up military members. His passing has left a great hole in Ricochet, and the site is draped in grief today.
May he rest in eternal peace. I’m sure he and Rush Limbaugh are trading stories right now.