Son Flies His Father Home as the Veteran’s Remains Return to US Soil for First Time Since the Vietnam War

The remains of a Vietnam War hero who went missing-in-action over half a century ago have finally returned home on a plane to Dallas piloted by his son.

In 1967, Col. Ray Abner Knight, Jr. was an airman serving during the Vietnam War when he was shot down over the Ho Chi Mihn Trail in Laos. He was first listed as missing-in-action before being declared killed-in-action seven years after being shot down.

His son, Bryan Knight, saw him depart for the war from the Dallas-Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas when he was five years old. It would be the last time he would see his father alive.

Col. Knight’s remains were identified in February of 2019 and finally returned home 52 years later to the airport from where he departed on a Southwest flight piloted by his own son. His remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

“I’m at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening,” tweeted Jackson Proskow, the Washington Bureau Chief for Canada’s GlobalNews, who originally reported on the event.

“Incredible moment to watch,” continued Proskow. “The entire airport fell silent.”

Proskow was returning to DC after covering the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that claimed the lives of 22 people.

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The return encaptured people online, with Twitter users from both sides of the aisle embracing the patriotic, solemn moment as something truly great.

“Amazing,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote in a tweet.

“Wow—read this thread,” wrote retired Marine fighter pilot and 2020 Senate candidate from Kentucky Amy McGrath (D-Ky.). “Colonel Roy Knight (no longer MIA in Vietnam) returns home, flown in by his son.”

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“It was peaceful, it was beautiful and it was a privilege to watch,” Proskow wrote for Canada’s GlobalNews.

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God bless our military. This is a touching story.
My uncle’s best friend died in the Ia Drang Valley two weeks before his enlistment would have been up.





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