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.

“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

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.

In total, 82,000 American remain missing in action from the post WWII conflicts.

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