A Vietnam War pilot who died while serving in the Vietnam War remains were flown home to Texas by his son.
Col. Roy A. Knight Jr. was shot down May 19, 1967, as he led an airstrike. He was declared dead in September 1974 after search and rescue efforts failed.
Welcome home, Col. Knight. Rest easy. Blessings to his family who sacrificed everything for us! A nation thanks him and his family for his service.
When a U.S. Air Force colonel left for the Vietnam War, his son waved goodbye at the Dallas Love Field Airport; it was the last time he saw his father alive.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) August 8, 2019
On Thursday, everyone at a terminal at the Dallas airport witnessed something extraordinary: the remains of an American pilot who was shot down in 1967 were finally brought home — and the pilot of the plane carrying the remains was his son, who was only five years old when his father was shot down.
Jackson Proskow, the Washington Bureau Chief for Canada’s Global News and Globe National, chronicled the moment on Twitter:
I’m at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening. Our incoming plane is carrying the remains of an American pilot shot down over Vietnam in 1967. His remains were only recently recovered and identified and brought back to the U.S. As we wait at the gate, we’re told that Captain Knight is coming home to Dallas. When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his 5 year old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye. It was the last time he would see his father alive.
Today the pilot of the plane bringing Capt. Knight back to Dallas is his son.
The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival.
What a privilege it was to witness this moment. For those asking, they announced it over the intercom. The gate agent was very emotional as he told the story over the PA. They handed out American flags to everyone at the gate. More
The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival. pic.twitter.com/HW3yAHEXBf
— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) August 8, 2019
What a wonderful story! This is the America that I know and love. I’m thinking of his mom, the agony of the not knowing. The incredible sacrifice this family made. I’m grateful. I’m glad he is finally home. This is why we stand, and not kneel.
I am reading and blessed by the amazing outpouring of respect and patriotism. I also realized that this name seems familiar to me and it occurred to me that I knew this name. I wore his POW bracelet when I was a child. I would like to mail to his family. I am now crying. pic.twitter.com/1eJDH5JntF
— RetiredRoniEdenfield (@RoniRetired) August 8, 2019