Pilot flies home the remains of Vietnam veteran father

Pilot flies home the remains of Vietnam veteran father

Brian Knight remembers saying goodbye to his father at Dallas Love Field in January 1967, even though he was only 5 years old.

"Southwest 1220, we've got a message for you".

Col Knight was born in Garner, Texas in February 1931. A large crowd gathered at the airport as his casket draped with an American flag arrived.

Southwest employees can be seen standing completely still and silent, looking on.

Roy Knight Jr. was shot down during a combat mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos in May 1967.

His body was never recovered because he crashed in hostile territory, and the Air Force declared him dead in 1974.

Knight's remains were identified earlier this year. 8, 2019, the remains of the pilot whose plane was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War have been returned to Texas by a commercial jet flown by his son.

When Southwest's Captain Knight learned that his father's remains had been found, he began the process of repatriating them.

A water cannon salute welcomed the flight from Oakland.

"Our Southwest Airlines family is honored to support his long-hoped homecoming and join in tribute to Col. Knight as well as every other military hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces", Southwest Airlines said in a statement to CNN.

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

Mr Knight, who works for Southwest Airlines, was five when he saw his dad leave for war from Love Field Airport, news.com.au reports.

The camera pans to the passengers, some of whom became visibly tearful. "There were no garbled announcements, no clickity-clack of rolling suitcases over the tile floor, no shouting over cellphones".

"We are so fortunate that they made a decision to share this moment with us", Proskow wrote, "especially in a week when we could all use a little more hope". "It was peaceful, it was attractive and it was a privilege to watch".

Knight's service with full military honors will be held on Saturday 50 miles west of Dallas in Weatherford, according to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

When he heard the news, he said he told himself: "He's really coming home. We'll have a place where we can honor him".

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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