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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Important Note: You will need to click this icon to download the free needed to view most of the images on this Web site - just a couple of clicks and you're "good to go." For reasons why - go here.

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_alston20041108.txt

Subject: ID the man
From: Larry Blakeley <larry@larryblakeley.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 18:35:29 -0600
To: "Lt. Colonel Harold Alston" <n2263r@earthlink.net>
CC: Johnnye Blakeley <jblakeley2@verizon.net>, "Karen (Blakeley) Gallini" <kgallini@aol.com>

Thanks, for the email.

It appeared that you possibly were in that flight - upon reading your email to Bob Irwin.

I am delighted that you contacted me - and, was really hoping that you would.

My father loved his fellow pilots, as he loved his family - and, I know why he felt that way about these men in his life - which compelled me to put together this Web site in honor of this "breed" of men that meant so much to him.

I would like to put together a synopsis of each pilot over time by making contact - as we have here.

I will be back in touch.

Best Regards,

Larry

P.S. this evening I should have my father's entire Military Personnel Records under the folder:

http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/military_personnel_records/

But, the most illuminating of course are his letters that he wrote after leaving George AFB - up, through July 19, 1965 - all of which are at: http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/major_roy_james_blakeley2.htm

These letters had never been read by anyone but the addressee - so, I had only read mine - until several months ago when I reached up to the top shelf of the closet and lived it all over again - just with new information from my father, personally.

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File Name: email_from_harold_alston20041108.txt

Subject: ID the man
From: "Harold Alston" <n2263r@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 15:27:02 -0700
To: larry@larryblakeley.com

Larry,
I am forwarding this suggestion from Bob Irwin to contact you regarding your father. I was flying Roy's wing on his fatal combat mission. I also was the first pilot in the squadron to visit with your mother and Roy's parents about the mission when I returned to George AFB after our tour at Da Nang. You should know, that I enjoyed Roy as my Flight Commander and had great respect for him. I deeply share your loss.
Harold Alston, Lt Col, USAF, Retired
Salt Lake City, Utah

Harold Alston
n2263r@earthlink.net
Why Wait? Move to EarthLink.

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----- Original Message -----
From: B Irwin
To: n2263r@earthlink.net
Sent: 11/5/2004 6:01:58 PM
Subject: RE: ID the man

Super! Thanks Sir.

I wonder if his son Larry is aware, you were flying Roy's wing? Larry is developing an interesting Web site about his father and mother.

His email is Larry Blakeley larry@larryblakeley.com I am sure he'd appreciate correspondence from you.

If you ever find the time to scan any of your F104 pictures, I'd really enjoy to include them in my growing Starfighter archives. And if you're interested, I can send a CD of my collection's so far.

Cheers!

Bob Irwin
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-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Alston [mailto:n2263r@earthlink.net]
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2004 6:54 PM
To: B Irwin
Subject: RE: ID the man

Bob,

You are in luck because I have the very same picture in my combat diary. It is I, Harold Alston, a 1/Lt at the time, at Da Nang AB, Viet Nam in 1965. I was also flying Roy's wing when he crashed at Chu Lai and was killed. Thanks for including me on your addressees. Best wishes to you and all F-104 pilots.

Harold

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File Name: email_to_johnnye_blakeley20041105.txt

Subject: ID the man]
From: Larry Blakeley <larry@larryblakeley.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2004 14:59:18 -0600
To: Johnnye Blakeley <jblakeley2@verizon.net>
CC: Bob Irwin <f104_irwin@bellsouth.net>

Mother - apparently this is 1st Lt. Harold R. Alston - I have him listed on the this image of the 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron - as of June, 1965 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_7_19650615.djvu

That would make sense because he does look pretty young.

Love - Larry

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File Name: email_from_bob_irwin20041105_2.txt

Subject: ID the man
From: "B Irwin" <f104_irwin@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 15:28:41 -0500
To: "'Larry Blakeley'" <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Larry,

Two old F104C drivers (Gary Blake and Mike Vivian) have emailed me and they said the unidentified individual is Harold Alston.

I am a tad busy at the moment to discuss what I do, etc. but I'll get back to you in a little while.

The whole F104 era seems to be non-existent in the eyes of the USAF. Very sad I say. More later!

Cheers!

Bob Irwin

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----- Original Message -----

From: B Irwin
To: Harold Alston
Sent: 11/5/2004 8:32:13 AM
Subject: ID the man

Hello Mr. Alston,

Can you ID the pilot sitting next to Roy Blakeley? I sent this to several F104 pilots but left you out! My failure.

Gary Blake believes it is you. Can you confirm or deny?

Thanks!!

Bob Irwin

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File Name: email_from_bob_irwin20041105_1.txt

Subject: ID the man
From: "B Irwin" <f104_irwin@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 10:40:06 -0500
To: <larry@larryblakeley.com>

Larry,

I'm a strong F104 fan. I found your picture of your father and I am attempting to ID the man sitting next to him.

Do you have any pictures of your father among other F104 pilots or the F104s he flew? Thanks!

Bob Irwin

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