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poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.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 letter and envelope] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_rblakeley19650718.djvu

July 18, 1965

Dear Johnnye,

Golly another week and I will have been gone a month. Time really slips by.

Hey, drive careful if you go that way and I would plan on taking 3 days enroute. I would also have the car greased and oil changed before you leave and prior to returning to George. Park the Taurus in the garage & lock it and it will be alright. I bet it misses me already!!

Well today is Sunday and I flew my eleventh combat mission. 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!! I wrote Larry a letter and told him I was here & etc. Also wrote John & Edna a letter.

I talked to Pat Barry this afternoon. He is still at Cannon AFB and he was escorting McNamara on his flight up to here. Flying F-100's. Saw McNamara from a distance.

I also met a 2nd cousin or something like that. He is our flight surgeon. His Dad's brother is married to Lella. You know the one at Gilmer. It was really coincidental. He said he was from Texas and I asked him where in Texas & he said Gilmer & I noticed his last name was Brawley.

Be sure & check on the Brother sewing machine & send the price to me so I can act accordingly.

Well in 20 days I will be going to Kung Kuan (Formosa) for 10 days. Burk's flight left today.

Walt Harris said call Betty sometime. Guess she is not used to this separation business.

Life here is not too miserable. It's damned hot & you are wringing wet when you come down from a mission but the club & quarters is reasonable. Of course there is always the fear of getting shot down but that's the fortune of war. We have been doing air to ground for the last two weeks & wish we would switch to escort for a while. It's hell of a lot safer!! The have lost 25 F-105's so for. They lost their 25th one last week. The bad thing is on air to ground missions we make 2 dive bomb runs & 3 strafe passes but the crazy Viet Cong don't try to hide or get into fox holes, they just shoot at you until they get shot. We pull out 2,000' higher than normal now!!

Be sure and send the picture I will be sending film in with your address on them. Say I have only written the two checks. Received my per diem today & I had (to) borrow $20 from Jack Gale so everything is OK. Take the bonds & savings book with you in case I write some "Heavy" checks and you have to pump more funds into Ft. Sam!!

Well love that's about it. Will write Karen & Sharon later on in the week.

Love you,