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Dallas Airport Comes to Silent Standstill as Remains of Vietnam War Veteran Come Home 52 Years Later

Dallas Airport Comes to Silent Standstill as Remains of Vietnam War Veteran Come Home 52 Years Later

“was shot down while attacking a target on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos”

https://youtu.be/cutiSYoJAv4

Roy Knight Jr. of Texas left the United States to serve in the Vietnam War as a pilot in 1967.

His remains finally came back to Texas yesterday on a plane flown by his son. The arrival brought the entire airport to a halt.

KIII TV News reports:

Veteran’s journey: 52 years later, Southwest Airlines pilot brings home father’s remains

It was an emotional morning at Dallas Love Field when a Vietnam War veteran’s remains were returned to Texas.

In May 1967, Col. Roy Knight Jr., from Garner, Texas, served in the U.S. Air Force and was killed during the Vietnam War.

The pilot was shot down while attacking a target on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, according to his obituary.

For years, the Knight family wondered if he was still alive. But in 1974, Knight went from “Missing in Action” to “Killed in Action,” his obituary says.

Earlier this year, Knight’s remains were identified in Laos. And on Thursday, the veteran’s journey came full circle.

Knight’s son, who is a captain for Southwest Airlines, flew the airliner containing his father home to Texas.

Bryan Knight was only 5 years old when he waved goodbye to his father 52 years ago from Dallas Love Field when the elder Knight left for the Vietnam War. It was the last time Bryan Knight saw his father alive.

A journalist named Jackson Proskow was at the airport when this happened, and wrote an excellent Twitter thread describing the scene:

Here’s a short video report from ABC News:

Welcome home, Colonel. Rest in peace, sir.

Featured image via YouTube.

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Comments

America and Americzns still makes me proud.

Thank you for posting this.

Escaped from RI | August 9, 2019 at 8:52 am

I have no words. Just wondering how it suddenly got so damn dusty in my office.

Welcome home Colonel.

It has taken 52 years but a promice has been kept. ” Leave no soldier behind.” God speed Colonel welcome home.

May he find comfort in the arms of Angels…

Contrast this with everything else going on and wrong with America today and there’s a glimmer of hope . . .

A family website in honor of this hero is maintained here.

Well, that made me cry. Many thanks for posting this story.

The Colonel finally coming home was enough to make my throat tighten and my eyes get a tad watery. When I read that his son was the pilot of the plane that flew him home it was full on tears down the cheeks.

I’m proud to be an American – I always have been and always will be. But some days just shine brighter than others.

Thank you so much for posting this. I don’t watch television “news” so I would have missed it. And I am so glad I didn’t.

Welcome home Colonel. Rest in peace.

Thank you for defending freedom and liberty.

no words to say. welcome back sir.

texansamurai | August 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm

blue skies, warrior–thank you for your service

Richard Aubrey | August 9, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Everybody comes home. One way or another, everybody comes home.

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