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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,

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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

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In midsummer 1965, in discussions with General Westmoreland, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara agreed to deploy additional U.S. troops both Marine and Army to South Vietnam. - "The Marine War: III MAF in Vietnam, 1965-1971," Jack Shulimson, U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/vietnamcenter/events/1996_Symposium/96papers/marwar.htm, Accessed August 8, 2007. 1996 Vietnam Symposium: "After the Cold War: Reassessing Vietnam", 18-20 April 1996 http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/vietnamcenter/events/1996_Symposium/96papers/papers.htm

Post Date: August 8, 2007 at 8:15 AM CDT; 1315 GMT

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The following is an excerpt of what Harold Alston wrote in an email to me dated July 10, 2007:

(Journal) Entry for 18 July 1965, Sunday: (This would have been Roy’s 11th mission.) “6th mission. Bomb perfect! We knocked out 2 bunkers, and killed at least 6 VC. Secretary of Defense McNamara visited to day. I was scheduled to be on static display and show him an airplane, but was flying instead. He talked to Major Arriaga, our Operations Officer. It seems good to fly every day. We work as a team. I proved myself to Roy yesterday so I am now his wingman. We have a squadron policy that you need 5 combat missions before you can be a combat flight leader. I have those now so will lead every 6th mission. Shass and Olson are paired together (Larry Shassetz and John Olson) and Jack and Walt (Jack Gale and Walt Harris). Bombs and strafe are really good—much better than at Cuddyback Range. I am going to church today at 1400. There is a small servicemen’s branch organized here. Well, I did not go to church. I fell asleep at 1200 and awoke at 1500. There is a lot of shelling on the hill. Flares also. We have to take a large quinine tablet for malaria each week. Sunday is the day because our Seiko watches have day/date that show Sunday in red. That will be our reminder.”

Post Date: August 8, 2007 at 7:40 AM CDT; 1240 GMT

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The following is an excerpt of what Harold Alston, Lt Col, USAF, Retired http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/roy_blakeley_harold_alston196507.jpg wrote in an email to me dated July 10, 2007 (For more on Harold Alston go to the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm:

I think the paper Roy referred to was either the “Air Force Times” or the “Stars and Stripes” Those were the only ones we ever saw while in SE Asia. Occasionally there was an article in the LA Times since we were based in CA.

(Journal) Entry for 15 July 1965, Thursday: “Didn’t fly today. I was spare for the flight, but was not needed. The boys got in a really good one. They caught a whole battalion of VC in their black pajama uniforms and really clobbered them. They used bombs (750 pound GP) and strafed them as they ran around in the open. The Forward Air Controller said the VC were really hurt. Must have killed a bunch. It was only 10 miles from the runway. I could watch the fighters as they made their attacks. I really would like to have been on this mission. Scheduled tomorrow though.”

Post Date: August 8, 2007 at 7:25 AM CDT; 1225 GMT

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In the history of the Vietnam War, the Year 1965 is notable for momentous and fateful U.S. decisions. In February, after a dramatic increase in activity initiated by the Viet Cong, the United States responded by increasing its own level of commitment to the Republic of Vietnam. For the first time, U.S. jet aircraft were authorized to support the RVNAF in ground operations in the South without restriction. In immediate retaliation for guerrilla raids on U.S. installations in the South, U.S aircraft also began bombing targets in the southern reaches of North Vietnam. In early March, the latter program evolved into Rolling Thunder, the sustained bombing of the North. Also, during March, two U.S. Marine battalions were landed at Da Nang on the coast of Central Vietnam. The airbase at Da Nang was a major supporter of the Rolling Thunder bombing, and the mission of the Marines was to strengthen its defenses. Those troops represented the first U.S. ground combat commitment to the Asian mainland since Korea. "The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, Chapter 4: American Troops Enter the Ground War, March-July 1965 (PHASE I IN THE BUILD-UP OF U.S. FORCES, MARCH-JULY 1965)," pp. 389-485, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1971) http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pentagon3/pent8.htm

Post Date: August 5, 2007 at 9:05 AM CDT; 1405 GMT