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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.

[DjVu original letter and envelope] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_rblakeley19650704.djvu

July 4, 1965

Dear Johnnye,

Well I finally made it to Da Nang AB, had to stay an extra night at Clark AB in the Philipines.

Boy but it's hot here!! The humidity is high & you really sweat. I spared a flight today & the sweat ran all the way down through the crack of my a_ _!!

I fly two bombing missions tomorrow, both in North Vietnam!! We dropped napalm today for the first time.

[Image not part of letter]

[Vietnamese children running after napalm attack]

Say I need a couple of items - really only one. Send my movie camera & case over by Jack Gale if he hasn't already left. I will take some flicks here!! Another item I have written two checks. One for $25 to the club at Clark AB and one for $20.75 to the Px at Clark for a radio. It's AM/FM and I really like it.

I can get a Brother automatic zig zag sewing machine for $123.00 Model #ZN2-B537. This includes the case. It looks exactly like the one at White Front. The automatic Singer costs $240.00. I can get them in the Px at Clark.

We work 30 days and off 10 back to Formosa. It will be a long 30 days. I will get a chance to go to Hong Kong so will have me a suit made. I may have to write a check now & then, but will keep you advised. If you want to you can deposit a couple of bonds.

What happened to the stock market!!! Called Dean Witter while I was in Honolulu.

By the way, also tell Jack that recommend he bring walking shorts and have the squadron get some light weight yellow base ball caps. Zeb babes said OK.

Write often.

Kids too!!

Love,

Roy

(over)

say: send me my old fan.

It's in the cabinet above the ice box. Take it to the squadron. They should be leaving the day after you receive this (8th). Tell Jack Gale if he has one to (a fan) bring it.

Roy