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Pilot flies dad’s remains home from Vietnam


The remains of an Air Force 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.

The remains of 36-year-old Col. Roy Knight Jr. of Millsap arrived Thursday at Dallas Love Field. Southwest Airlines Capt. Bryan Knight flew the plane transporting the flag-draped casket.

A portrait of U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight Jr., who was shot down over Laos in 1967, is displayed beside his coffin during the memorial service for him Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Knight’s remains had been recovered and identified in February, then brought home last week for burial at Holder’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Cool, Texas. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Roy Knight, whose remains were accounted for in June, will be buried Saturday in Weatherford. That’s 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) west of Dallas.

Knight in May 1967 was with the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron and leading a strike mission in Laos when his plane was shot down. His body was recovered in Vietnam several days after he failed to return at the home base.

Military officials said the crash site was searched several times since the 1990s. Searches this year led to remains linked to Knight.


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Today’s Front Page January 25, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 25, 2020