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Vanderboegh Shows Strength and Dignity Preparing for ‘Other Side’

Vanderboegh Shows Strength and Dignity Preparing for 'Other Side'
Mike Vanderboegh: Strength of will, sense of commitment, and faith in God…

I drove down from my home in Ohio to see Mike Vanderboegh this weekend at his home in Alabama. I was able to spend some time with him on Friday night and again on Saturday morning.

His appearance is about what you’d expect for a man who told us a week ago the doctors have given him four weeks to live – there’s no need to dwell on that here. After years of friendship, it was important for me to see him face-to-face, and to show him how much I valued the blessing of knowing him. In fact, grim and sad as the reason for my trip was, I told Mike I not only considered making it one blessing, but two: That there are people in my life I care enough about to make such a trip for, and that I have the means and the capability to do it.

It’s about 12 hours each way (with stops for gas and to get the circulation going again), meaning I had time Friday evening to visit with Mike, and his steadfast wife, Rosey, for a little over an hour. Mike was lying on the couch for the duration. Pain is being managed, such as it can be, with a patch. I kept the visit short, not just because I didn’t want to overdo things for him, but I was also pretty tired. I returned to their house Saturday morning, where they were joined by their loving daughters, there to help with a garage sale. For that, I was happy to see him able to sit in a chair, supervise the goings-on, and engage with people. The man’s strength of will is incredible.

Noting he had to drag himself from the couch to a chair in the garage by a space heater for a garage sale, now’s as good a time as any to make my pitch, and this one doesn’t go to everybody, but only to a specific subset of readers:

If you’ve received value from Mike’s work, you know it, and only you can determine the value you think you should return. To do that, you can make a gratitude offering in recognition of the value you received. There’s a PayPal “Donate” button in the right sidebar at Sipsey Street Irregulars, or if you don’t like using them, checks or money orders (made out to “Mike Vanderboegh”) and cash can be sent to him at PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126. And, as always, I’ll ask you to be a force multiplier and to spread the word.

Our conversation didn’t center on being maudlin, but rather on the freedom issues of the day that have always occupied his attention when he was well enough to research and comment on them. Men don’t do hand-wringing, sob-sister stuff, at least around Mike Vanderboegh. I did pass along messages of concern his many friends have shared with me, and he appreciates that, and the support — in good will and in more tangible ways —  some of you have shown him.

Of particular interest to Mike (among the many things we discussed, from “men” in women’s bathrooms, to the presidential race, to our oath to the Constitution and more), was the latest noise being made about Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” and the wholly unsurprising revelation that the stonewalling continues. We also talked about the transition of his beloved Sipsey Street Irregulars blog to his son Matthew, who is off to a strong start, and I committed to doing what I can to support the continuation of the legacy.

Mike did share plans for his memorial, which I think will be more appropriate to leave to an announcement from Matt when he thinks the time is appropriate. He also shared a significant regret about his imminent passing, but it was not one of self-pity or of desperation to escape – it’s that he won’t be around to do his part in the trying times he sees coming.

That pretty much defines my friend, and defines the lessons I have tried to learn from him, albeit imperfectly and not without struggles on my part – strength of will, sense of commitment, and faith in God. Without a miracle, that’s the last time I will see him on this earth, and the next time I return will be to remember him.

“I’ll see you on the other side, my friend,” were the last words Mike Vanderboegh said to me in person as he took my hand to say goodbye. “Ain’t none of us getting out of this alive.”



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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.


    1. damn… you get the ultimate vacation… Philippians 1:23 …for I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is FAR BETTER… Bon Voyage

  1. Thank you David, for this report. I suspected this was what you were up to when you suspended your blogging for a few days – so glad I was correct!

  2. Thank you for updating us on Mike Vanderboegh. God Bless You for going to him. I go to daily and was worried.

    He is a great patriot with the true meaning of the word. He caught my eye long ago with a quote

    Mike Vanderboegh: “Anyone who tells you that “It Can’t Happen Here” is whistling past the graveyard of history. There is no ‘house rule’ that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos”.

    So I researched him, and have followed his writings and actions ever since. God will smile upon him and welcome him; He forgives all when asked; while many times we do not forgive ourselves for our mistakes.

    America will be in a sorrier state without him.

  3. Mike,

    Your work WILL go on, because you taught and inspired. Not just your Son, Matt, but me, and others like me as well. You WILL live on in our hearts, and our minds, and in the work of your writing.
    I am so proud of my country, that we have gotten this far, and the chance to go farther still.
    I am proud of my Sons, who followed in my footsteps and served as soldiers,
    and I hope you will allow me to be proud of your Son as well, for he has done honor to you.
    I cant write any more. We have never met, but I am sure we will some day, and I will be glad to call you a friend.

  4. There are not enough words to express my love and affection for Mike, and for his family. He has been one of the best friends I have ever had and the times I have been able to visit with him, at his home or at a local restaurant, are among the happiest times I can recall. When my wife passed away, although Mike was not doing very well, he showed up at the gravesite for the final burial service. To show such compassion for me, and to honor my precious wife with his presence, touched my heart more than he will ever know. I have shed many tears for Mike over the years, tears of love and appreciation, tears of admiration for his courage and faith, and sometimes, tears of frustration that I could not somehow do more to help him. He will live on in my heart and the hearts of all who have been blessed to know him, and I will always do my best to be available to Rosey and to his kids, to help in any way that I am able. Deo Vindice, my esteemed brother and friend, and semper fidelis.

  5. Thank you, David; this message is greatly appreciated. Mike’s Will and his Legacy will live on. We know he will find peace in the house of our Lord.

  6. Mike – No idea if you or my first teacher, mom, will reach final paradise first but hoping you are as accepting of the final call as she is: “If it’s my time, then so be it.”
    Rest well knowing your message has been received by many.

  7. It is a comfort to know that while we look forward to seeing our Lord, those that deny Him will see him also though they say as recorded in the word, “the fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”

  8. thank you mike, for all you do, and all that will happen when you are gone ,you have been an inspiration to us all. i feel the seperation will be short, for the elites are coming, and the slaughter that will ensue. but because, of you our eyes are open, and our barrels are well oiled! sleep well, we join you soon and again thank you!,

  9. David, your column describes a man i never knew in person, buti came to know him from his blog really well. Thank you for this. Thank you.

    David Wright

  10. Mike is the purist patriot I have ever known. About 1998, Mike Vanderboegh was supporting my run for Jefferson County, Ala. district judge against an incumbent Democrat who had made speeches saying that the 2d Amendment did not apply to individual citizens. Outside the Civic Center during the Birmingham Gun Show, Mike was distributing flyers to all attendees, showing the judge’s quotes that the 2d Amendment did not protect the right of individuals to possess arms. Word got back to the the judge. He beat a trail down to the gun show. The judge went up to Mike to dissuade him form handing out the flyers. Mike didn’t give an inch. The judge got shrill, saying he owned guns and dogs and went hunting. Mike calmly, but in a loud clear tone replied, “Judge, Herman Goering liked to hunt; he just wasn’t for “little people” having guns. That pretty much ended the debate.

  11. There are no words to add which could express everything we have all received from Mike. Yes, there is, as we all know, from Ecclesiastes, a time to be born and a time to die. We know not what that time is for anyone of us. Perhaps Mike will not have to be here for the coming battle for the republic which we face. But he has certainly laid the groundwork and shown many people the way. We could ask no more of him than that, and can only say, thank you and well done. May God grant you peace.

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