A HERO’S LAST FLIGHT: Southwest pilot flies remains of father killed in Vietnam home

A HERO’S LAST FLIGHT: Southwest pilot flies remains of father killed in Vietnam home


Kaci Koviak:IT WAS A HERO’S HOMECOMING FOR A VIETNAM VETERAN MISSING IN ACTION FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS.THE ENTIRE LOVE FIELD AIRPORT FELL SILENT IN A TOUCHING SHOW OF RESPECT. ANNE THOMPSON SHOWS US, IT WAS AN ESPECIALLY EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR THE PILOT WHO FLEW HIS FATHER’S REMAINS BACK TO 3 TAKE: PKGOUTCUE: ON THE DURATION:1:44THIS WAS COLONEL ROY KNIGHT JUNIOR’S FINAL FLIGHT. A TRIP HOME TO TEXAS — after more than a half century. THE AIR FORCE pilot SHOT DOWN IN LAOS IN 1967.. while FIGHTING during THE VIETNAM WAR. FIRST DECLARED MISSING — THEN KILLED IN ACTION — HIS REMAINS WERE discovered and identified earlier THIS YEAR. Roy knight iii/son”We had pretty much given up any hope that this would ever happen and, uh, we’re absolutely amazed how this came to pass.Colonel KNIGHT SERVED THE COUNTRY FOR 20 YEARS… AT AIR FORCE BASES IN ASIA AND HERE IN THE U.S. MARRYING HIS WIFE PATRICIA IN THE PHILIPPINES.. they raised THREE CHILDREN together. ROY THE THIRD, GAYANN, AND BRYAN.. his YOUNGEST. IN 1967, KNIGHT SAID GOODBYE TO BRYAN AT DALLAS’ LOVE FIELD. It would be the last time the 5-year old would see his father alive. On Thursday — that little boy — now a pilot himself for SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, FLEW HIS FATHER HOME to the very same airport. THE BUSTLING TERMINAL… FALLING SILENT. HUNDREDS OF TRAVELERS watching THE MOVING and sacred moment unfold. OUTSIDE airport WORKERS STANDING AT ATTENTION.. IN A GESTURE OF RESPECT. THE COLONEL’S FAMILY…INCLUDING HIS SISTER JUNE… ON THE TARMAC… TO RECEIVE his FLAG-DRAPED CASKET. SON ROY REACHING OUT TO HIS DAD. Knight: “It was beautiful. It was emotional. It was sad. But it was good too- it was like the end of a journey.” ON A DAY OF MIXED EMOTIONS… BRYAN’S FACE SAID MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. FIFTY TWO YEARS AFTER THEY SAID GOODBYE. FATHER AND SON reunited SAME SOIL. 3 COLONEL KNIGHT WILL BE BURIED THIS WEEKEND,WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS. 3

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