Remains of airman killed in Vietnam War flown home to Dallas by pilot son

(Jay Giggs via Storyful)

DALLAS (STORYFUL) - The family of a pilot killed in action in 1967 during the Vietnam War was among dozens of people who silently observed the Dignified Arrival of the airman’s remains at Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas on August 8, local media reported.

The remains were transported by the airman’s son, Bryan Knight, who is a pilot for Southwest Airlines.

An obituary for Roy A. Knight Jr, a major in the US Air Force, said he was shot down in May 1967 while attacking a target on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. He was initially listed as Missing in Action, and was declared Killed in Action in 1974. During that time, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, the obituary said.

In February 2019, Knight’s remains were recovered and identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, according to the obituary.

Dallas Love Field was where “five-year-old Bryan said goodbye to his father when he left to go to war 52 years ago,” the obituary said.

According to local media, the “entire terminal paused” to watch the arrival.

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