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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;

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.

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.

"Hello Hon:

Here you are - Happy Birthday - See

you in 2-1/2 weeks" - Roy - a note accompanying a Birthday Card from my father to my mother http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_card_birthday_rblakeley19540320.djvu

"To the one who

makes our home a place

Where it's wonderful to be,

To the one I love

the best of all,

Who means the world to me ... "

A note and birthday card from my father's mother, Violet (Vickrey) Blakeley here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_card_birthday_vblakeley19540321.djvu

My grandmother Violet always recognized the special bond of love and devotion between my father and mother - her love for my mother remained solid throughout her life - as if she was her own daughter.

How do I know this? That's like asking of someone the question, "How do you know the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening?"

The answer, "Because I've witnessed it many, many times with my own eyes."

My father's first anniversary card for my mother http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_anniversary_card19540607.djvu

Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin, Texas http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/bergstrom_559th_fighter_squadron/bergstrom.htm

England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana

My father was at Chaunant, France in October, 1959 - a photograph of him next to his new purchase of a Taurus station wagon.

In January, 1960 we left England Air Force Base and went to my Grandmother Violet's house at 1317 Shelton Avenue, Abilene, Texas, while waiting for further orders. My father received Special Order No. A-167 dated February 24, 1960 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_A167_19600224.djvu from Headquarters, 48th Air Base Group, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force, APO 179, New York, New York authorizing me, my mother, and sisters to proceed from Abilene to Trailer #24, Base Trailer Park, RAF Station, Lakenheath, Suffolk, England.

My parents sold their car anticipating this move to England. And, we even had our portraits made and had all of our immunization shots - ouch! http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/larry_karen_sharon_portrait.djvu But, during this short period of time the French ordered the United States out of areas controlled by France.

So, my father went ahead and we stayed with my mother's parents in Rotan, Texas. This is why I ended up going to kindergarten there.

It would be a year later before we were approved to go to Lakenheath. We went by airplane (no, not jet - propellor driven).


For research and other information on flight go to http://www.faa.gov/education/index.cfm

For further information on the United States Air Force see The Air Force News Agency.

Tactical Air Command's Family of Aircraft (1960)

(reading from one o'clock, clockwise)

F-105 "Thundershief," C-123 "Provider," C-130 "Hercules," F-110 (not named), F-104 "Starfighter," RB-66 "Destroyer," C-135 "Stratolifter," RF-101 "Voodoo," F-100 "Supersabre," KB-50J Aerial Tanker.

RAF Lakenheath, England

George Air Force Base, California