(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.
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