(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
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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;
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.
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_rblakeley_ashton19650716.djvu
July 16, 1965
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Ashton,
Well here I am in Viet Nam. I'm stationed at Da Nang AB. It's located in the northern part of South Vietnam.
I enjoyed flying over. There was only 4 of us. It got got pretty tired sitting in one place though. I inflight refueled 11 times. We landed at Honolulu, Guam and Formosa. I also landed at Clark AB in the Phillipines. Saw C_____ (can't make it out - Larry Blakeley) island while there.
This place is real hot and humid. We moved from tents to barracks so thing are looking up.
They shelled the place day before I arrived and 40 Viet Cong go on the base and burnt up 5 aircraft. None of the F-104's were hurt. We did lose one F-104 but the pilot was plucked right out of the hands of the Viet Cong.
I fly one mission everyday. I have flown 5 missions within 17 miles of Hanoi, the capitol of North Vietnam. Haven't seen any Mig's as yet but things should start looking up!!
Flew a mission yesterday in support of an Army unit which had been attacked and we were credited with getting "quite a few" enemy types & they are putting me and 3 members of my flight in for an air medal.
On my first mission, I went into North Vietnam and dropped 750# bombs & strafed an Army camp and on my second pull out a 57MM shell passed about 50' off my right wing. It scared the pants right off of me!! I knew then I was in a "real" war!! You never see the troops firing at you but when you go into North Viet Nam they have the radar controlled guns so you see the good flack!!
Guess Johnnye will be driving out. This is, so she said in her last letter. That's it for now. Make Larry mind & will be back to the Good Ole USA in October.