Tribute held at Dallas airport for American Vietnam vet decades after death

Tribute held at Dallas airport for American Vietnam vet decades after death

Tribute held at Dallas airport for American Vietnam vet decades after death

Knight, who now works as a pilot for Southwest Airlines, was 5 when his father left to serve in Vietnam, and months after his departure, his father went missing in action when his jet was shot down and burst into flames on May 19, 1967, according to CNN and the New York Times.

The Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Roy Knight, whose remains were accounted for in June, will be buried tomorrow in Weatherford, 80 kilometres west of Dallas.

Col. Roy Abner Knight Jr. was killed in the Vietnam War, but his remains weren't found until recently.

He was accepted for pilot training in 1957, going on to serve in Germany and France as a fighter pilot.

The patrons in the Texas airport learned about Col. Knight's return when the Southwest Airlines' gate agent announced it over the intercom.

He will be flown home by his son, Bryan, a Captain with Southwest Airlines, to Dallas Love Field, the same airport where 5-year-old Bryan said goodbye to his father when he left to go to war fifty-two years ago.

Knight was identified through dental records and circumstantial evidence found at the crash site.

Global News reporter Jackson Proskow detailed the plane's arrival to Dallas Love Field airport, and called witnessing Col Knight's arrival a "privilege".

"When I first got the call, it was nearly surreal", Bryan Knight told Southwest Airlines. "There's a lot to this, there's competing emotions, not only because he's coming home. which is a good thing, it is a very good thing, but there's also the aspect that we're reliving the loss". "As we were walking back to the vehicle, my mother was just sobbing, and that scared me".

The colonel was later declared missing in action after he was shot down over Laos in 1967.

The remains of the servicemen arrived in California on Wednesday, and it made sense for Brian Knight to bring his father home to Dallas.

When Knight landed at Love Field, his father received full military honors.

The elder Knight was shot down over Laos on May 19, 1967, while attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail, his obituary said.

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