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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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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.

File Name: email_to_harold_alston20041118.txt

Subject: I Knew It

From: Larry Blakeley <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 12:28:29 -0600

To: Harold Alston <n2263r@earthlink.net>

I knew it - there had to be a story there.

Salute. :-)

Larry Blakeley

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File Name: email_from_harold_alston20041118.txt

Subject: RE: [Fwd: Not a photo of Dad at Vietnam]

From: "Harold Alston" <n2263r@earthlink.net>

Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 10:58:59 -0700

To: "Larry Blakeley" <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Larry,

Thanks for the info about your Dad and also your kind words.

Yes, I was young, but I had flown the F-86 with some great pilots and learned a lot. I asked to go to George and fly the F-104 so I was determined to do the best I could after I got there. I was fortunate to learn the airplane, the mission and became the youngest flight leader in the wing after flying only 5 combat missions.

Roy was always "testing me" in trying to shake me when I was his wingman or in dog fighting. I was always able to hold my own and he treated me with dignity and respect even though I was so junior in rank and was still learning new things from him.

You might be interested to know that after my tour at Da Nang, I went back to Udorn Thailand after only 8 months home. I was then an "experienced Captain" so I went on the advanced party before the rest of the squadron deployed.

On 30 September 1966 I became the first pilot in the Air Force to fly 100 combat missions over North VietNam. This was later recognized with a brass, engraved tray given to me by Tony LeVier, the Lockheed Test Pilot who was the first person to fly the F-104. I still have it displayed in my study. Of course it has gathered dust just like I have over these many years.

Please express my best wishes and love to your mother, Johnnye. I don't know if she would even remember me and my wife, Patsy. She was a great lady.

Harold

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File Name: email_to_harold_alston20041117.txt

Subject: [Fwd: Not a photo of Dad at Vietnam]

From: Larry Blakeley <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 08:09:03 -0600

To: <n2263r@earthlink.net>

CC: Johnnye Blakeley <jblakeley2@verizon.net>

Hello, Colonel Alston - you know everytime I look at that photo with you and my Dad - I am drawn to you by how young you were. You must have been an exceptional pilot to be the only 1st Lt. in the group http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_7_19650615.htm

Also, I just thought you might be interested in this revelation about the photo that I took down. I was viewing some older slides in a viewer I bought yesterday and discovered the fact that this photo was most probably taken before George - possibly, Lakenheath, Africa, or Chaumont, France.

In any event - I have been busy scanning photographs that helped define my father's beginnings with my mother; and, on occasion, breaking away to write a few stories - http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/recent_articles_of_interest_abstracts.htm

I went through another box of video and slides (which is where I discovered that the photo in question was a slide taken years before Vietnam) and came across over 9 rolls of 50' 8mm film (3 minutes in digital) - one of which Dad wrote the words "Vietnam 1965 - Valuable Film: Do Not Destroy." I delivered all the rolls to a place here in the Dallas area that is going to convert all of these rolls to DVD format for viewing. Nobody has viewed the Vietnam film - so I really have no idea what is on it - but will let you know.

I have not even put a dent in the video and audio that Dad took - and I've been on this project since March, 2004 - full time.

Best Regards,

Larry Blakeley

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File Name: email_to_mother20041117.txt

Subject: Not a photo of Dad at Vietnam

From: Larry Blakeley <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 03:41:01 -0600

To: Johnnye Blakeley <jblakeley2@verizon.net>

Mother - I bought a slide viewer today and discovered that the photo where he is sitting at a desk working on his flight plan was not taken at Vietnam - so the photo with Lt. Harold R. Alston is the last known photograph of Dad - and I have taken the other photograph down.

The photo with Lt. Harold Alston can be viewed at http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm

I had questioned whether that one was from Vietnam - and now have proof that it is not.

Love, Larry