(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;
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.
This is to General McPeak http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/monthy_articles/merrill_mcpeak_bio.htm - wherever you are in this God forsaken country and to anybody else in America that gives a damn.
For the remaining majority, throw it in the trash.
Several months ago I gathered the strength to go through an emotionally challenging project - a Web site (located at http://www.royblakeley.name) in honor of my father, Major Roy James Blakeley, USAF - killed in action on July 22, 1965.
I opened letters written by him in July, 1965 that I had never read before.
Every minute that I have be listen to Kerry's Silver Star "heroics?" - I am left with an empty feeling of betrayal of truth and justice in America.
Why should my father be deprived of a medal for this engagement and John Kerry receive one? Can you explain this to me General McPeak? Even when you know fully well that my father gave his life for this country - nobody awarded him a Silver Star. Everything he did during those 19 days in Vietnam he wrote about. Tell me why, General McPeak after 39 years I "still can't say goodbye?" MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
Tell me General McPeak - why? Why did it take so long for the Pacific command to realize that after they pulled the F-104's off escort and put them to strafing that their pilot's were sitting ducks? Tell me why my father's squadron commander, Arriaga returned my grandmother's letter with "Return to Sender - Deceased?" Tell me why General McPeak you expect us to know the truth and still be patriotic? Why General McPeak did your commander General Horner - standing next to my father in the book, "Every Man a Tiger" devote 2 pages to those of us "left behind" - the women and children. Tell me this too, General McPeak - why did my father and his widow and children have to live on a Captains's salary when his promotion was effective in December, 1964. Tell me why, General? Tell me your answer to these questions. I don't see you on my father's "Bearer" list in front of me, but I see Capt. George Carey and Col. Ed McNeff from the fighter school at Luke AFB, Arizona. And, Brigadier General Darryl Cramer is saluting during the missing man formation flyover - all of these men you know. Tell me why, General McPeak you believe John Kerry deserves a Silver Star so that I can tell that to my mother, and my children - so that they can pass your words down to their children - until nobody remembers what the story was anymore. Or, even cares - like today.
Tell me why we were forsaken, General McPeak. Tell me why I'm still "Broken" MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/broken.htm
Tell me why, General - I should care who you are going to vote for.
"Flew an outstanding mission the 15th. We had just got airborne and an Army unit was being ambushed and were pretty well cut up (lost 66 men) and they called us and asked for help. We spotted them and their attackers (Viet Cong) and rolled in on them. We killed 166 in about 10 minutes. The squadron here (436th) put all 4 of us in for an air medal. Will let you know if we get it. It made the papers over here." - July 19, 1965 letter to James Louis and Violet Blakeley (his parents) http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley19650719.htm
"The 15th I flew a mission and we lucked out and caught a bunch of Viet Cong out in the open after they had ambushed an American convoy and we killed 175 and Zeb put me, Walt and Larry and Olson in for a medal!! How about that!!" - July 18, 1965 letter to Johnnye Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley19650718.htm
"Flew my 10th combat mission - 10 miles off the end of the runway!! Viet Cong had just finished ambushing a convoy and we were diverted from our original target. Caught about 200 Viet Cong in the open and really "ate" them up. The Marines were taking out casualties & we were striking over their heads. The Marines really appreciated the quick response to their call for "AIR." The Zip 4's were there immediately!!
Don't know when I'm going to get promoted. Supposed to be today but who knows." - July 16, 1965 letter to Lt. Colonel David Blakeley, United States Army (his brother) http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley_david19650716.htm
- Larry Blakeley, son of Major Roy James Blakeley, USAF F-104C Starfighter pilot out of George AFB, California - a "true" American that was squandered by idiots.