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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.
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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 letter and envelope] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_rblakeley19650705.djvu
July 5, 1965
Dear Mom & Dad,
Well here I am in Vietnam. The name of the base is Da Nang. It's located 30 miles south of the North Vietnam border. It is really hot here. I am wringing wet when I come back from a mission. Speaking of missions I flew my first combat mission today. Actually I flew two. The morning mission was in North Vietnam & the afternoon mission in South Vietnam. I saw the good "Golf Balls" go by on my mission in North Vietnam. It became quite apparent to me that they were shooting back. I dropped a couple 75# bombs & strafed some barracks.
So much for the war. I already miss Johnnye & the kids. I flew 9,300 miles and 12 inflight refuelings getting here. Landed 3 times in route. My tail was really sore. Ha - think I will ride a transport back & sleep all the way. Hope to get to Hong Kong China on my first off period. We work 30 straight days & off 7. Want to get some gifts for the kids. Will get the girls some oriental clothes. Don't know what I can get Larry. I will go to Saigon in about a month as a duty officer & will stay away from those floating restaurants - Ha.
Wrote Johnnye today to send me my movie camera so will take some pictures of the area.
The people are a poor tired looking lot. Wish there was some way we could get out of this & get some face. 4 days ago they bombed the base & demolished 2 fighting aircraft & a transport. 3-1/2 million dollars!! Well mom that's about it. Write often - miss you & Dad. Brought my bible which you gave me in 1940. Will read it as often as I can. See you in October. Tell Dad to not catch all the fish & save some for me & Tincey!!
Well it's 9:30 PM & I see the shells going off in the distance, also can hear them. The Army & Marines go at it every night.
I'm going to drag your boat down to Victorville next summer and Larry & I are going to learn to water ski. Well that's it. Write often & will do likewise.