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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;
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.
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/vietnam_history.htm
"His colleagues ignored (Wayne) Morse (Oregon), as did the full Senate when it convened on the afternoon of August 6, 1964, to debate Johnson's proposed resolution. Speaking to an almost empty chamber, Morse asserted that 'the place to settle the controversy is not on the battlefield but around the conference table.' He was joined in opposition by only one other senator, Ernest Gruening of Alaska, a veteran liberal who warned that 'all Vietnam is not worth the life of a single American boy.' But their voices were drowned out by a din of patriotism. Even Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, who had long harbored reservations about the U.S. pledge to Southeast Asia, cast aside his doubts. 'We cannot and we will not shrink from defending it.'
... So the Senate approved the resolution with only Morse and Gruening dissenting, while the House of Representatives passed it unanimously. Morse predicted that its supporters 'will live to regret it, and he was vindicated in May, 1970, when the resolution was repealed - on the initiative, ironically, of a loyal Richard Nixon disciple, Senator Robert Doyle of Kansas, who figured that it had become obsolete."
- "Vietnam: A History," Stanley Karnow, The Viking Press, 1983, ISBN-0-670-74604-5 pages 375-376.
"Some historians hold that events enveloped Johnson in the war. Others portray him as the victim of duplicating aides, while still others contend that he consciously chose involvement. No single theory tells the entire story, yet each contains a grain of truth.
Johnson was an immensely complicated figure, confronted by a challenge of enormous complexity. Vietnam was not his kind of problem, and he constantly tried to mobilize a consensus among his advisors before he acted. The specialists may have deceived him - but only to the extent that they deluded themselves. Ultimately, though, he bore the responsibility.
Given his view of America's position in the world, Johnson could not envisage anything less in Vietnam than an outcome that stopped Communist 'aggression;' in that respect he shared the same hope that had guided Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. His purpose was to compel the leaders of North Vietnam to abandon the insurgency in South Vietnam - in short, to deny them victory. And he insisted that he was waging only a 'limited' conflict, saying again and again: 'We seek no wider war.'
What limitations? Johnson began by exerting gradual pressure on North Vietnam, though he was uncertain the strategy would work. With each new step, he perceived that additional manpower, money, and material might be necessary. So he entered the war fully aware of the dangers ahead. He eventually failed because he misjudged the enemy's capacity to withstand pain, believing there was a threshold to their endurance. But, as Ho Chi Minh had warned the French, the Vietnamese Communists would risk annihilation rather than capitulate. That concept was beyond the comprehension of Johnson and his advisors, who mistakenly imputed their own values to the Communists. Paul Warnke, an assistant secretary of defense, was to reflect on this crucial error after leaving office: 'The trouble with our policy in Vietnam has been that we guessed wrong with respect to what the North Vietnamese reaction would be. We anticipated that they would respond like reasonable people.'
Johnson's strategy had an inexorable downward curve. Having discarded diplomacy, he narrowed his choices to only one option - war. He was not blind to the tragedy. But he closed his eyes to the possibility of other alternatives, and seemed to have persuaded himself that his plight was inevitable. As he told his press secretary, Bill Moyers, 'I feel like a hitchhiker caught in a hailstorm on a Texas highway. I can't run. I can't hide. And I can't make it stop.'"
- "Vietnam: A History," Stanley Karnow, The Viking Press, 1983, ISBN-0-670-74604-5, pages 395-396.
.".. A year before, seeking to measure the cost of 'victory,' the joint chiefs of staff had conducted a 'war game' code-named Sigma I. Its outcome was discouraging; at least a half-million U.S. combat troops would be necessary. Now, in September (1964), they organized a sequel, Sigma II, to gauge the potential impact of an air offensive against North Vietnam. The players, which included McGeorge Bundy, (John) McNaughton (McNamara aide), (General Earle) Wheeler (Joint Chiefs of Staff), and General Curtis LeMay, formed two teams, one representing the United States and the other North Vietnam. Again the results were depressing: no amount of American pressure could stop the Communists.
The conclusion should have been self-evident. North Vietnam, a predominately rural society with an apparently inexhaustible people prepared to die for the cause, could not be blasted 'back to the Stone Age,' as Curtis LeMay wanted to do. Neither Britain nor Germany had been bombed to its knees during World War II, and Japan had succumbed only to the atomic weapon - hardly an option in Vietnam. Some senior officials, McNamara among them, later recognized this reality. But in late 1964, despite the lessons of the 'war game,' the Washington planners continued to refine their program for air strikes.
- "Vietnam: A History," Stanley Karnow, The Viking Press, 1983, ISBN-0-670-74604-5, pages 399-400.
Post Date: January 22, 2005 at 8:00 AM CST; 1400 GMT
Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy.htm
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy/robert_wood_johnson_foundation.htm
The Markle Foundation works to realize the enormous potential to improve people's lives that the use of emerging information and communication technologies has to address critical public needs, particularly in the areas of health and national security. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy/markle_foundation.htm
Post Date: January 20, 2005 at 9:20 PM CST; January 21, 2005 at 0320 GMT
Added the following to Web page http://www.larryblakeley.com/index.htm
What type of activity am I generating from the information posted to these Web sites?
Well, from the period of time beginning August 21, 2004 and ending January 3, 2005 I kept records of the hits for 127 days of this 4-1/2 months and on a daily average this Web site http://www.larryblakeley.com and the companion Web site http://www.royblakeley.name have generated nearly 70,000 hits (or about 550 hits per day). You can view the graphic image of these records here if you would like. http://www.larryblakeley.com/zeus_web_server/
If you prorate this out to a yearly total then you arrive at a figure close too 200,000 hits per year.
That's not too shabby for a web server located on a shelf in the master bedroom closet of our apartment home in Dallas, Texas - don't you agree?
Post Date: January 5, 2005 at 1:40 PM CST; 1940 GMT
Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436th_fighter_squadron/george.htm
List of officers of the 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_7_19650615.djvu (TFS), Major Eusebio Arriaga, Commander, as Special Order 7, dated June 15, 1965
Here is a photograph of the 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron ("Black Aces") http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/george_436TFS.djvu
The pilots in this photograph have been identified by others, as follows:
Front Row (left to right):
Captain Roy J. Blakeley
Captain Mike A. Korte
Captain Walter B. Harris
2 remaining pilots unknown
Back Row (left to right):
Major Eusebio Arriaga
Major Charles W. Ward
Captain Luther T. Harvey
Captain Richard A. Bianckino http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/richard_bianckino/index.htm
Colonel Howard C. Johnson (sitting on wing)
3 remaining pilots unknown
Post Date: January 2, 2005 at 7:25 PM CST; January 3, 2004 at 0125 GMT