Son brings Vietnam War fighter pilot's lost remains home to Texas

Son brings Vietnam War fighter pilot's lost remains home to Texas”

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

Bryan flew his father's remains back to Dallas Love Field Airport on Thursday, and upon landing, his father received a tremendous greeting, CNN reported.

Earlier this year, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency team investigating crashes in that area of Laos said they found Knight's remains.

"Your job and your duty as a family and as a child is to have hope", Bryan Knight, a pilot for Southwest, said in a video released by the airline on Friday.

Travelers at Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas were able to witness the emotional moment a Southwest Airlines plane carrying the American airman touched down.

That was the last time he saw his father. He was initially listed as Missing In Action, and was declared Killed in Action in 1974.

"As we wait at the gate, we're told that (Knight) is coming home to Dallas", Proskow tweeted.

The effort to find Knight and identify his remains started in 1991, and USA and Laos investigators found a crash site and life support items three years later.

Jackson Proskow, who was at the airport in Dallas waiting for a flight when the plane flown by Capt Knight came in, said the arrival was "incredible".

On Thursday, his flight home to Dallas aboard a Southwest Airline flight inspired an impromptu moment of silence in the terminal.

"It is remarkable; I can't believe it happened", said his son Roy Knight III of Valley Center.

Proskow also linked to an obituary for Knight that noted he was born in 1931, the sixth of seven sons and one daughter, and enlisted in the Air Force after his 17th birthday, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, who all served in WWII. Col Knight was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his actions during the war. He was accepted for pilot training at Laredo in 1957 and served as a fighter pilot in Germany and France before returning to Texas as an instructor a few years later.

Major Roy Knight Jr. will be buried in Weatherford, Texas.

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