Vietnam War Pilot’s Remains Flown Home By His Son, Entire Airport Terminal Stops

It’s one of those things that seems like it is straight out of the movies, but in the USA, it happens.

On Thursday, the son of Air Force Major Roy A. Knight, Jr., was the pilot of the plane that brought home his father’s remains. The younger Knight was five when his father left for the Vietnam War in 1967. It was the last time he would see his father alive.

A reporter chronicled what happened when the people in the terminal waiting for their own flights heard what was happening.

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.

Proskow concluded, “On May 19, 1967, Maj. Roy A. Knight, Jr., USAF, was shot down while attacking a target on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. He was initially listed as Missing in Action until being declared Killed in Action in 1974. During that time, he was promoted to Colonel. 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.”

The rank confusion aside, photos posted on Twitter told the tale of what happens when an American war hero comes home.

This is what makes America great.

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