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An American pilot finally returns home to his final resting place…on a plane flown by his son to the exact same airport where the two said their “goodbyes” 52 years ago.

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“I really didn’t think it would ever happen. Wow, you know, he’s really coming home. We’re going to be able to bring him back, and we’re going to have a place where we can honor him.”

Southwest Airlines pilot Bryan Knight who last saw his father at Dallas Love Field Airport more than 50 years ago. He was 5-years-old when his dad, also a pilot, deployed to Vietnam. This week, Knight flew his father's remains back to the same airport.
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“Airports rarely see moments of quiet — but for a few brief minutes, Dallas Love Field fell absolutely silent. There were no garbled announcements, no clickity-clack of rolling suitcases over the tile floor, no shouting over cellphones. People stood quietly at the window, wiping away tears, taking in a moment few rarely get to see. It was peaceful, it was beautiful and it was a privilege to watch.”

Jackson Proskow, Global News
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By The Numbers

  • The remains of Maj. Roy A. Knight, Jr. were found near his crash site in Laos more than 50 years after his plane was shot down.
  • U.S gov’t investigative teams continue research & site excavation in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia to find and identify the approx. 1,500 soldiers who remain “missing in action” from the Vietnam War.
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In total, 82,000 American remain missing in action from the post WWII conflicts.

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