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Hero's welcome for deceased Vietnam War veteran

Hero's welcome for deceased Vietnam War veteran”

According to Proskow, "the entire airport fell silent" as the flag-draped casket holding the remains of Col. Knight was met by his loved ones and delivered into the arms of a military honor guard. His son Bryan, who flew his father home on Thursday, was born in France during this period, while his father was stationed in Toul-Rosieres. "It was the last time he would see his father alive".

"When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his 5-year-old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye", Proskow wrote.

Global News Washington bureau chief Jackson Proskow shared the story on Twitter, saying he was in the airport for a layover in Dallas while awaiting his flight to D.C.

Using old dental records, DPAA scientists were able to identify the body as that of Roy A. Knight Jr.

USA Today reported that Knight was shot down in 1967 while attacking a target on the Ho Chin Minh trail in Laos.

"The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival", he wrote. "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".

According to Colonel Knight's obituary, he served as a typing clerk in the Philippines, Japan and Korea before becoming a fighter pilot. "Fifty-two years later, in February, 2019, Col. Knight's remains were recovered and identified by personnel assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency".

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Proskow concluded, "On May 19, 1967, Maj".

Knight, who was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals, will be buried Saturday in Weatherford, Texas.

"Roy loved to hunt and fish, especially with his family", his obituary read.

That son, Bryan Knight, was the Southwest Airlines pilot who flew his dad's remains home.

Knight's parents died during the war and his wife died in 2008 but he was survived by a sister and brother; his children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He captained the flight that brought his remains home to Dallas Love Field.

Southwest said in a statement to NBC News that Knight was received with full military honors at the airport to "express a nation's thanks" for his service to the country.



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