Tribute held at Dallas airport for American Vietnam vet decades after death

Tribute held at Dallas airport for American Vietnam vet decades after death”

Bryan Knight was 5 years old when he said goodbye to his father at an airport in Dallas, Texas, just before he was sent off to the Vietnam War.

Southwest Captain Bryan Knight was five years old in 1967 when he last saw his father, Colonel Roy Knight.

Fifty-two years ago, Air Force Maj. Knight Jr., 36, went missing in action on May 19, 1967.

Roy Knight Jr. was shot down during a combat mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos in May 1967. "No parachute was observed prior to the aircraft crashing and bursting into flames. While search and rescue efforts were initiated, an organized search could not be conducted due to the intensity of hostile ground fire in the area".

The crash site was excavated in March 1994 and life support items were recovered. In February, his remains were uncovered.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Roy Knight, whose remains were accounted for in June, will be buried Saturday in Weatherford, 80 kilometers west of Dallas. "And we're going to have a place where we can honor him".

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- A Southwest Airlines pilot landed at Love Field Thursday morning after an emotional flight.

Knight's son, Brian, was the pilot who flew the remains home to Dallas on Thursday. "He deserves it", Knight told Global News.

The airplane, which was met by a large crowd waiting on the tarmac, was flown through a water-cannon salute as it pushed up to the gate. "The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival", he wrote, posting a picture of people crowded up against the airport terminal's windows, as well as airport workers standing at attention at the airlines gate, and a photo of the flag-draped casket being solemnly carried from the plane. "In another post, he said", Incredible moment to watch.

Airport staff handed out US flags to those at the gate as the plane landed and Knight's remains were removed, he said, as the entire airport fell silent to honor the war veteran.

Knight's welcome home ceremony stands in contrast to the conditions of the U.S.'s fewer than 850,000 living Vietnam veterans, many of whom still suffer from the aftereffects of combat.

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