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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 letter and envelope] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_violet_blakeley19650718.djvu

[Text] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_violet_blakeley19650718.txt

Sunday Night
July 18, 1965

Dear Roy,

Well how are you on this Sunday evening? You know I haven't figured out if the time is later there or earlier or how many hours difference in the time. Any how it's now 9:45 and this Louis is already in that bed! Ha We have been to all services today. Louis really likes our new pastor, especially since Brother Stringer said he likes to fish. Ha! They visited me the day I got back from Glorieta, New Mexico. They said they were driving down Las Vegas Boulevard and he saw the sign, World Wide Mobile City & said oh let's go see Mrs. Blakeley.

Roy, Reynolds out at the test site have laid off several hundred the past two weeks and two days ago. Louis got laid off, also Doyle across the street. They think it is a ... anyhow will lost only a week or so. Louis and I are going to Colorado & visit David & Wanda for one week, and come back home. In the morning he will go down & sign up for unemployment. Might as well draw that forty a week. But you know hon we called David last night and he's leaving for over seas duty within three weeks or sooner. So I guess it's a good thing we had planned to go see them. You know the outfit he's assigned to is one of these combat-ready units.

Roy you eat regular as possible & get as much rest as you can in order to keep your resistance up. I know you don't have much time to write, but we sure look forward to hearing from you.

Well I made my little talk the other night that I wrote you about at church but I sure got nervous. Ha - several told me I did remarkably well. Anyhow after we all got through with our speeches, and time for the prayer service Brother Stringer said let's remember Mrs. Blakeley's son who is in Viet Nam.

Well this is all for now, and I better get to bed in order to get up early & pack our bags.

We love you lots.

Mom & Dad