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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;

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.

Copied the following from the Web pagehttp://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/remains_returned_funeral_burial.htm

to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm

The following is a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Sgro dated August 4, 1965 containing the results of investigation into the death of my father.

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Post Date: October 8, 2006 at 7:40 PM CDT; October 9, 2006 at 0040 GMT

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Copied the following from the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/remains_returned_funeral_burial.htm

to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm

Department of Air Force's Morning Report Casualty Accounting dated July 27, 1965 (final report) http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/morning_report_casualty_accounting19650722.djvu

Added the following to Web pages http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm and http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/remains_returned_funeral_burial.htm

The following is a letter dated July 27, 2006 from an eyewitness on the ground, Michael E. Holmes (L/Cpl USMC), describing my father's heroism while attempting to make an emergency landing at Chu Lai.

27 Jul 2006
I was on the runway at Chu Lai the day Captain Blakeley crashed.

He reported to the Chu Lai Tower that he had a "dead stick" and no oil pressure.

There was an ammunition dump on his approach.

He could not get the aircraft centered on the runway which ultimately caused his death.

He used power to ensure that he did not land short and hit the ammunition dump.

It is believed that he cut power (several of us heard the power coming off the aircraft) in order to avoid crashing into the Chu Lai tower area. As a result of the lack of power the aircraft's nose probe hit a sand dune and exploded.

This very brave man could have bailed out but instead stayed with the aircraft ensuring no friendly casualties. He has had my respect all of these years and while talking with friends about Vietnam heroes, he is at the top of my list.

From a ground observer of the incident,
Michael E. Holmes
L/Cpl USMC
Chu Lai 1965
Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50230

Post Date: October 8, 2006 at 4:15 PM CDT; 1615 GMT