"When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his five-year-old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye".
"To be able do this, to bring my father home, I'm very, very honored and very lucky".
Human remains were found in January and February this year while a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team were working on the area.
Mr Perry said he had seen veterans remains flown home before but the response to Mr Knight was "especially unique", prompting an unusually large reception.
Airports rarely see moments of quiet - but for a few brief minutes, Dallas Love Field fell absolutely silent. He was initially listed as Missing In Action, and was declared Killed in Action in 1974.Читайте также: Russians rush to buy iodine after blast causes radiation spike
"We welcome your father, Col. Knight, home".
Major Knight was shot down four months later while on a combat mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and his remains were only recently recovered.
More than five decades ago, Air Force Col. Roy Knight's plane went down in Vietnam, and his family never knew exactly what happened to him.
"As we were walking back to the auto my mother was was just sobbing and that scared me", Knight said. Searches this year led to remains linked to Knight.
Brian followed in father's footsteps, serving in the Air Force, now working as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He served as a clerk typist in the Philippines, Japan and Korea before beginning pilot training in 1957. He has been posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six air medals.
There was a search-and-rescue attempt according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, but the elder Knight could not be found and the search was called off due to intense hostile fire at the time. Airport firetrucks performed a water salute as the airplane arrived at the gate.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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