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(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;

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 and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

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.

"I HOPE MY COUNTRY WILL DO ME JUSTICE!"
Sir John Moore

Copy of Special Order G-114 dated August 12, 1965 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_g114_19650812.djvu awarding my father the Distinguished Flying Cross for July 22, 1965.

Copy of Special Order G-138 dated September 7, 1965 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/special_order_g138_19650907.djvu amending the above order by substituting "Major" for "Captain."

He was promoted posthumously by Department of the Air Force Special Order Number AD-177, dated August 11, 1965, but effective on the 21st day of October, 1964 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_gbgreene19650827.djvu.

Of particular interest, "It is effected under the provisions of Section 1521, Title 10, United States Code, and is subject to the provisions of Section 1523 of the Code, which state that no increased pay or gratuities may be derived from the action." - Major General G. B. Greene, Jr., August 27, 1965.

Go figure?

Well, he's just doing his job? Right?

Do I gotta appreciate that?

"Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss." - Luke, "Cool Hand Luke," 1967

United States Code, Title 10: Armed Forces, Subtitle A: General Military Law, Part II: Personnel, Chapter 77: Posthumous Commissions & Warrants, Section 1523: Posthumous commissions and warrants: effect on pay and allowances here http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/index.html

Medals presentation photos at Dyess Karen, Mother, Sharon, Larry http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/dyessAFB_awards_family.djvu

Larry shaking hands http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/dyessAFB_awards_larry.djvu with Colonel B. W. Frohlich, acting commander of the 516th Troop Carrier Wing; Larry showing medals http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/dyessAFB_awards_larry2.djvu

Rotan Advance article dated November 4, 1965 here http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/rblakeley_rotan_advance19651104.djvu

Here http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/distinguished_flying_cross_front.djvu is the front side and here http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/distinguished_flying_cross_back.djvu is the back (with his name engraved on it) of my father's Distinguished Flying Cross awarded posthumously.

Citation http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/military_personnel_records/citation_dfc1.djvu

and diploma http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/military_personnel_records/citation_dfc2.djvu accompanying this award.

For further information please go to:

Air Force Awards and Decorations http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awardsAsp/decs.asp?Mode=Graphics section of the Air Force Personnel Center http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/

This Awards and Decorations page is designed to give users a site to see the actual ribbons, the corresponding medals, and in most cases, the history behind the awards and decorations shown. Where possible, we've included the enlisted promotion points assigned to each decoration.