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Prison RN 16 May 2016 19:53

Rest In Peace, Marine. I know you are keeping Heaven Safe. Fuck Cancer.

Whitebean54 16 May 2016 20:14


A true loss to this community.

redhawk 16 May 2016 20:15

My first encounter with SOTB was when I was in high school posting on

I had posted an inquiry about flying in the Marine Corps. I made a few comments about career choices and mentioned an Air Force aircraft that I was somewhat obsessed with at the time. In swooped Southoftheborder to tell me I was of a questionable sexual orientation and that I should definitely pursue a career in the Air Force because of it. That post stuck with me as both hilarious and very direct. I laughed recently when he made similar posts on this site.

JayCeeNC 16 May 2016 20:19


tova 16 May 2016 20:26

Rest in peace Andy....
My thoughts and prayers for everyone....

19MIKE 16 May 2016 20:30

Damn, I'm stunned at hearing of this.

Rest in Peace Andy. Of course I did not know you personally.... but I always tuned in when I saw you had posted something because I knew it carried a lot of weight.

That, and I always enjoyed your unique way of articulating your point of view!

Prayers out to his family. Damn sad to hear this.



sarc88 16 May 2016 20:30

Andy was a class act, and a dedicated Marine. He'll be missed here in our community, as well as by family and friends. Oorah SOTB, FWFS.

Front_Sight_Bang 16 May 2016 20:44

Well shit. RIP Sir. His wit was sharp, as was his tongue. But his comments were always measured with thought and reason, which as others have stated, forced intelligent dialogue. I enjoyed our conversations, and appreciated his advice and availability when I reached out by PM. I never got to meet the man, I wish I had. My sincerest condolences to his family, and his friends on this board. I shall raise a glass in his name tonight.

Longrifle 16 May 2016 20:44

RIP, Andy. Blue skies and a swift flight to Valhalla.


Le3 16 May 2016 20:46


Rest in Peace, Andy.

twinfist 16 May 2016 20:47

Rest Easy Warrior, thank you for your service

RGR.Montcalm 16 May 2016 20:48

Rest in Peace, Andy. You lived life at full throttle, the way all of us here wish we were brave to do also.

See you at the feasting tables.

Semper Fi


IronErik 16 May 2016 20:49

Rest in peace Marine.

Believeraz 16 May 2016 20:51

Andy gave me wise counsel at several times when I needed it. He was good for a laugh, good for a debate, and a genuinely good human. Andy has some influence every time I teach both new and old cops alike, challenging them to be worthy of the public's trust and confidence. I counted Andy a friend. Rest easy, amigo.

osubuckeye762 16 May 2016 20:56

I haven't been on the computer much the last few days, so when I brought up the lounge forum this evening, I thought it was strange the it had RIP in his avatar. Not comprehending or digesting it's meaning I went to another thread when I learned of SOTBs passing.

I will admit I didn't always agree with many of his posts especially in regards to law enforcement, but I did respect his directness, and how he would state a problem then give examples of how to correct those said problems.

I was also amazed of how deep he and diverse he was. As one member stated, he could be discussing in depth geopolitical, National Security Studies in one thread, then in another thread be talking about how great a movie was, or crappy/sh*tty a restaurant was and make you laugh.

I wish I could have met him in person and talked over dinner for I feel I could have learned a lot from him.

My prayers go out to his family and his friends.

Thank you for your service.

hunteran 16 May 2016 21:07

RIP Marine. Didn't know the man but it's evident from the quality of his friends and the breadth of knowledge that he shared that he was a good man and that he will be missed tremendously. I'm saddened.

iraqgunz 16 May 2016 21:19

I have been traveling and just saw this post. I never met Andy personally but we conducted some transactions. I always looked forward to his posts and his insight. This is terrible news.

sigma1 16 May 2016 21:38

I had the chance and the pleasure to meet Andy 2 years ago down here on a detail. Learned a whole lot in those 2 weeks.
RIP Andy.
Que la terre te sois légère mon frere...

Mac 16 May 2016 21:41

To those of you who knew him personally, thank you for sharing your stories (I would love to read more stories from more of you when you feel to do so).

I think those stories do well to keep the spirit of this thread as well as what Andy would have wanted.

SN 16 May 2016 21:57

Til Valhal.

Bravo Five Romeo 16 May 2016 22:06

Rest in peace Andy.
I had nothing but admiration and respect for you.

JoeArmyNCO 16 May 2016 22:10


cedsall 16 May 2016 22:15

Rest In Peace SOTB

steelbreeze 16 May 2016 22:36

Rest In Peace. Your voice will be missed- you had the rare gift of forcing others to think and confront their own position.

johnnylaw 16 May 2016 22:37

RIP Devil Dog. Prayers, well wishes to your loved ones. This website and our world are definitely lesser places with you no longer around. Blue skies and eternal peace.

Semper Fi

Slick0311 16 May 2016 22:45

RIP, Andy. The loss is heavy, but I hope your spirit is free. Semper Fi.

Dan90 16 May 2016 22:52

Rest in Peace SOTB.

Can't believe I just typed that; he was definitely a huge part of what makes this place what it is.

In the last few years of lurking and posting here, I've enjoyed reading his posts and respected his straightforward responses. Critical or not, there was always something to learn from. After reading some of the posts here from those who knew him personally, I wish I would've had the opportunity to meet him.

Instruct1 16 May 2016 23:11

R.I.P SOTB. Thanks for your wisdom and insights. Prayers out for your family.

kpel308 16 May 2016 23:18

Respect. :(

Working Wrench 16 May 2016 23:23

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

~Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

jsmurphy 16 May 2016 23:41

Rest in Peace SOTB.

Very eloquent post, KidA.

I only met Andy once, at that small SoCal linkup in Redondo Beach along with you, Forestboy, Hot Mess and WGN175.

He ate a steak as big as a catcher's mitt, and I'm pretty sure he ordered dessert.

Good times...

smp52 16 May 2016 23:48


To family, comrades, and friends of Mr. Andy Potts - so sorry for your loss. His articulate thoughts have educated me about many things and for that I am thankful as a guest. SOTB's posts never left a doubt where he stood - devotion to family, his military brothers, and this country with an original independent perspective.

ET1/ss nuke 17 May 2016 00:25

SOTB's public posts were always of sharp wit and often of deep insight when he was in the mood, but his PM exchanges with me were uniformly kind and generous. He was a man of well-chosen words and a deeply devoted father, two things this world could use a lot more of.

Fire-Gunner 17 May 2016 03:48

Blue skies, Andy. You were definitely one of a kind, and will be missed.

'MisterWhite' 17 May 2016 06:25

RIP Andy.

hdjohn 17 May 2016 06:38

RIP Sir, and for those who knew him personally, I am sorry for your loss.

hile 17 May 2016 07:55

I never met SOTB, but I valued his wise counsel on many a topic. We are diminished.

Glebo 17 May 2016 08:10

Sorry to hear about the loss of a great guy.

RIP, Condolences to family and friends...

Shark0311 17 May 2016 08:16

Rest easy Andy.

ironpaw 17 May 2016 08:21


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