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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Important Note: You will need to click this icon to download the free needed to view most of the images on this Web site - just a couple of clicks and you're "good to go." For reasons why - go here.

A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/george.htm

Here are some other F-104 Starfighter photographs taken by my father - 2 of which are in the cockpit looking through the canopy. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/directory_f104.djvu

Here is a photograph of my father's mother, Violet, standing in front of an F-104 at an airshow. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/f104_vblakeley.djvu

Post Date: December 22, 2004 at 11:50 PM CST; December 23, 2004 at 0550 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/lakenheath.htm

A photograph of my father standing in front of his F-100 Super Sabre at Wheelus Air Base in January, 1960 here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/f100_wheelus196001.djvu

My father took this photograph of me, my mother, and sisters on the flight line at Lakeheath as we stood behind his F-100 after 6 weeks at Wheelus here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/f100_lakenheath_family196007.djvu

Post Date: December 22, 2004 at 11:15 PM CST; December 23, 2004 at 0515 GMT

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But then, along comes the wife - Mrs. Dean Arriaga - with her soul of compassion and goodness shaped, transformed, and elevated to a spirit of complex goodness through hardship, sorrow, pain, persecution, discrimination, and subservient status of huManity - always behind the man since the days of Adam and Eve.

Why have you let Man wreck the world ever since?

"I will remember you in my prayers and pray the Lights of Heaven shine on you and yours." - the note of sympathy from Dean Arriaga here http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_note_sympathy_arriaga.djvu

Here is the card from the Catholic Chaplain at Da Nang she sent. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_card_sympathy_reverend_sinclair.djvu

Post Date: December 19, 2004 at 11:50 AM CST; 1750 GMT

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A note and birthday card from my father's mother, Violet (Vickrey) Blakeley here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_card_birthday_vblakeley19540321.djvu

My grandmother Violet always recognized the special bond of love and devotion between my father and mother - her love for my mother remained solid throughout her life - as if she was her own daughter.

How do I know this? That's like asking of someone the question, "How do you know the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening?"

The answer, "Because I've witnessed it many, many times with my own eyes."

Post Date: December 16, 2004 at 8:10 AM CST; 1410 GMT

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Corrected some hyperlinks on the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/index.htm

Remember: If you have followed some of the teachings at http://www.larryblakeley.com you will recall that if you "know" the Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") then you can just type it into the address section of your browser to get there.

What does this mean? Simply this - you don't have to have someone hyperlink this (or any other URL) for you - such as this: http://www.royblakeley.name/index.htm - if you know this address already. It's certainly more convenient to just click the highlighted word, or phrase; but, you can just type the URL in your browser to go to that Web page. It is really an eye-opener when you understand this principle of pointing to (i.e. typing the address in your web browser) document locations across the internet/world wide web in your web browser - so I highly recommend that you go to http://www.larryblakeley.com to learn more about the internet and the world wide web.

Also, you will note that many times I do not hyperlink (particularly regarding the location of articles either written by me, or someone else). Why no hyperlinks at times? Because I want those that need to learn about the structure of document filing on a web server to work with the browser address window in order to understand items such as the "/" indicating another level in the hierarchy of filing documents (such as a folder, or a file within a folder). And, by so doing you will realize that navigation is really very similar to navigating folders and files on your hard drive.

Post Date: December 15, 2004 at 8:40 AM CST; 1440 GMT

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"Hello Hon:

Here you are - Happy Birthday - See

you in 2-1/2 weeks" - Roy - a note accompanying a Birthday Card from my father to my mother http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_card_birthday_rblakeley19540320.djvu

"To the one who

makes our home a place

Where it's wonderful to be,

To the one I love

the best of all,

Who means the world to me ..."

Post Date: December 15, 2004 at 8:10 AM CST; 1410 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley.htm

A letter from Japan from my father to my mother dated June 7, 1954 here:

.".. Darling I love you so much. It's really hard for me to express my feelings - just remember darling We are the same as one.... " http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley19540607.htm

Post Date: December 14, 2004 at 8:40 AM CST; 1440 GMT

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I picked up and viewed the DVD containing the movies my father took (December 10, 2004 - my father's birthday). His video contains the following:

- Da Nang Air Base, as it appeared in July, 1965;

- the Alaskan secret mission conducted by F-104 Starfighters in early 1965 (includes inflight refueling, a group of F-104's awaiting takeoff, and visuals from the cockpit in the air), F-104's on the ground being readied for a mission;

- other F-104 and F-4 Phantom filming;

- and, of course, personal family outings.

The next step is to identify the sections precisely and ready sections appropriate for this Web site for video streaming. Also, the audio CD's need to be listened to for possible inclusion herewith.

Post Date: December 11, 2004 at 11:45 AM CST; 1745 GMT

Footnote: There are actually 2 DVD's of video film instead of just 1 DVD - additional video includes the following:

- inflight and ground filming of the F-86 and F-100.

Post Date: December 11, 2004 at 11:40 PM CST; December 12, 2004 at 0540 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/george.htm

Here is a Certificate of Supersonic Recognition signifying membership in the "enviable and exclusive" Order of Starfighters (Mach Buster Number 1120), signed by Senior Starfighter test pilot - Tony LeVier, issued to Capt. Roy J. Blakeley. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/certificate1120_tony_levier_f104.djvu

Post Date: December 9, 2004 at 10:40 AM CST; 1640 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley.htm

Here is a 1st Solo Flight Certificate issued to Roy James Blakeley on the 8th day of January, 1953 for his first solo flight in a North American T6-G at Greenville Auxiliary Field, Greenville, North Carolina (Serv-Air Aviation Corporation, USAF Contract Flying School - Primary, Stallings Air Base, Kinston, North Carolina). http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/certificate_solo_T6G_19530108.djvu

Post Date: December 9, 2004 at 10:30 AM CST; 1630 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/bergstrom_559th_fighter_squadron/bergstrom.htm

Here is a Presidential Certificate appointing Roy James Blakeley to the rank of First Lieutenant, United States Air Force, effective the 24th day of September, 1955, but issued on the 10th day of March, 1958. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/bergstrom_559th_fighter_squadron/certificate_1st_lieutenant19550924.djvu

Post Date: December 9, 2004 at 10:20 AM CST; 1620 GMT

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Added the following to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/lakenheath.htm

Here http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/directory_f100_group_flight_A.djvu is a photograph (with original signatures) of my father knelling behind the tail of an F-100 along with the following pilots (from left to right in the photograph). This photograph has been stamped in the lower bottom right-hand corner with the name, Dick Mischke - whom I presume to be Richard M. Mischke (A00857210), Major http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_4.djvu

This photograph was placed on a cardboard backing with the signatures surrounding the outside perimeter of the photograph. I cut out the signatures and stripped the photograph from the posterboard and under the photograph was the name, Amil P. Tweardy (AF13260069), First Sargeant - so I presume that's who actually put the poster together for them.

Charles (Chuck) A. Horner (63170A), 1st Lieutenant http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_19.djvu

Roy J. Blakeley (45482A), Captain http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_6.djvu

Hanns H. Hagen (A03093464), 1st Lieutenant http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_18.djvu

Roger D. Tucker (46855A), Captain http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_14.djvu

David G. Young (61866A), 1st Lieutenant http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_23.djvu

Patrick G. Claxton (A03025870), Captain http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/lakenheath_492nd_fighter_squadron/48TFW_19620201_7.djvu

The above hyperlinks refer back to the pilot's information set out on the respective page of the following report.

Post Date: December 9, 2004 at 9:10 AM CST; 1510 GMT

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Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/vietnam_history.htm

[Note: this is an extenuation of a piece of Vietnam history that is already covered on other Web pages such as http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/marines_wade_ashore.htm and, of course, my father's letters describing what he experienced there.]

For those that want to search casualty records (both deceased and wounded) for Vietnam, as well as other records of the Access to Archival Databases gateway maintained by the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ - I can recommend two databases stored online there. Here is a description of the archive database. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/access_archival_database_described.htm

Title: Data File from the Casualty Information System, 1/1961 - 12/1981
Creator:Department of Defense. Department of the Army. The Adjutant General Center. Casualty and Memorial Affairs Directorate. Casualty Services Division.
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 407: Records of the Adjutant General's Office. A print view of this database is here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/army_casualty_database.djvu

For example here is a copy of the report using the above database limiting the time period to between July 1, 1965 - July 15, 1965. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/army_database19650701_19650715.djvu

Title: Unit Information for Vietnam Casualties Database, ca. 1983 - 6/19/2002
Level of Description: Series from Collection COFF: Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright Collection. A print view of this database is here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/coffelt_database.djvu

For example here is a copy of the report using the above database limiting the time period to between July 1, 1965 - July 22, 1965. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/coffelt_database19650701_19650722.djvu

These two databases will serve to get you headed in the right direction for your research.

File Date: December 2, 2004 at 10:35 AM CST; 1635 GMT

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For further information about the United States in Vietnam see The History Place - Vietnam War http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index.html

and Edwin E. Moïse's Vietnam War Bibliography at http://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/EdMoise/bibliography.html

For Vietnam War Bibliography accummulated by The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Web site go here. http://www.nixonfoundation.org/Research_Center/Vietnam/VIETNAM_BIBLIOGRAPHY.shtml

And, of course - there is some atrocities committed by units such as the Tiger Force. Tiger Force was created in the fall of 1965 as a special highly trained reconnaissance unit to find the enemy and report enemy positions to U.S. air and ground forces. Here is a map showing their trail of atrocities and a chronology of the events that occurred from May through November, 1967. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/tiger_force_trail_map1967.djvu

The story of these war crimes were published by the ToledoBlade.com on October 19, 2003 and can be found here. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=SRTIGERFORCE and is described by this news agency as follows:

"This series reveals for the first time anywhere that members of a platoon of American soldiers from the 101st known as Tiger Force slaughtered an untold number of Vietnamese civilians over a seven-month period in 1967.

After a 4 1/2 -year Army investigation concluded that at least 18 Tiger Force soldiers committed war crimes, the matter was dropped by the Army. The official files were buried in the Army's archives since 1975, and to this day military officials continue to withhold them from the public." - http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031020/SRTIGERFORCE/110190136

Is this story important today - after so many years? In my opinion the truth about anything is important and should always be revealed to others that have a right to know.

And, another good Web site for historical information on the Vietnam War, among others, is eHistory at The Ohio State University. http://www.ehistory.com/

Post Date: December 1, 2004 at 6:30 AM CST; 1230 GMT