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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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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.

[DjVu Original] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_anthony_sgro19650804.djvu

831st Combat Support Group (TAC)
United States Air Force
George Air Force Base, California 92393
Office of the Commander

4 Aug 1965

Mrs. Violet M. Blakeley
1317 Shelton Street
Abilene, Texas

Dear Mrs. Blakeley

On 23 July 1965, I wrote giving what details were then available concerning the death of your son, Captain Roy J. Blakeley. I also stated that a second letter would be forwarded to you containing the results of our investigation into the accident.

Roy was a member of a flight of four aircraft deployed on a ground support mission against the Viet Cong. After making several low level passes, his aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. At this point, rather than leave his plane, your son attempted an emergency landing at Chu Lai Airfield. Regretfully, the damage to the aircraft was too great, and, in attempting to land, the plane left the runway and crashed. As you probably know, Captain Blakeley's exceptional valor and performance of duty has earned a posthumous nomination for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Our investigation has been completed. We do not anticipate any further information. However, feel free to contact me if you need any further assistance.


Anthony Sgro
Lt Colonel, USAF