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Roommate, Classmate, Shipmate, Friend


The first time I met Ricky was in 1985 (June?) during our Youngster Cruise.  He and I were both assigned to the USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2).  Ricky and I hit it off immediately and introduced Virginia Beach to a new form of wackiness.  I remember trying to keep up with his zany antics, but in hindsight I must admit I failed.  His sheer energy was impossible to match and his imagination knew no equal!

While that summer eventually ended, it turned out our partnership did not, and Ricky and I met again in 7th Company after the Class of ’88 scrambled from our Plebe companies.  In fact, Ricky, John Garcia, Mike Danford (odd man out?) and I shared a room informally referred to as our Spanish Ghetto.  With Mike’s huge stereo, my “unique” organizational skills and Ricky’s character, we were quite a hit with the Powers-That-Be.  I think John was smart enough to lay low and work hard so to avoid the Wrath of Winsor (our Company Officer) and the ultimate Battle With Barry (our Battalion Officer).   But I think Ricky, Mike and I were standing side-by-side at modified attention when CDR Barry blew cigar smoke in our faces, calling us punks and slugs and advising us that, when it came to playing hardball, he “wrote the book.”
During Hurricane Gloria, classes were called off and Ricky was blasting his stereo with the tune “Walking On Sunshine.”  Typical Ricky.

From his obituary in the Yuma Sun:

Ricardo Miguel Gonzalez (1966-2011)

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Ricardo Miguel Gonzalez, age 45, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Yuma, AZ. He was born on March 4, 1966, in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Ricardo attended school in Academia Santa Maria in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Then graduated as a naval officer from The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He served as an officer for seven years, and fought during the Persian Gulf War on the U.S.S. Midway. He also studied in San Diego University were he received his certificate as an interpreter and translator. He worked in Maricopa County and since 2003 as an interpreter at the Federal District Court in Yuma, AZ.

Ricardo is survived by his parents: Jesus and Juanita Gonzalez and sisters Maria J. and Lourdes. He will be missed by his relatives in Puerto Rico and friends who knew and loved him in Yuma.
Viewing will be held at Yuma Mortuary on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, December 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with rosary at 7p.m. Mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

Published in The Yuma Sun on December 15, 2011
From the 1988 Lucky Bag:


“Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around, fighting crime. Those are the real heroes.”  Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute:“A hero kills people, people that wish him harm.”
Mr Brown:“Ok.”
Dwight Schrute:“A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma or out of a disaster and must be avenged.”
Mr Brown:“Ok, you’re thinking of a superhero.”
Dwight Schrute:“We all have a hero in our heart.”

three steps to peace

Word Peace In Sand by Petr Kratochvil

Word Peace In Sand by Petr Kratochvil

Step 1.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

(What do I request today of God?)

Step 2.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

(What is my focus today?  What is good?)

Step 3.  Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

(Who shall I imitate today?  Note:  See note in Phil. 3:17:  “Being imitators of me: not arrogance, but humble simplicity, since all his converts know that Paul is wholly dedicated to imitating Christ”)

Phil. 4:6-9

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