Texas service held for Vietnam War pilot killed in 1967

Family members of Col. Roy Knight Jr. stand as the national anthem is played during Knight's memorial service in Cool, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Knight was shot down over Laos in 1967 while serving as a U.S. Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War. In February, Knight's remains were recovered and identified, then were flown home last week for burial at Holder's Chapel United Methodist Church.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 11, 2019

COOL, Texas — U.S. flags and patriotic songs helped honor an Air Force pilot from Texas whose plane was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War and whose remains were identified earlier this year.

Col. Roy Knight Jr. was remembered Saturday during services in the town of Cool, near Weatherford, about 100 miles west of Dallas.

Knight was shot down over Laos in May 1967. His remains were flown Thursday to Dallas Love Field on a commercial jet piloted by his son, Southwest Airlines Capt. Bryan Knight.

A military portrait of Knight was displayed beside his coffin. The Abilene Reporter-News reports some mourners left coins on Knight’s headstone to show respect for the fallen pilot and his family.

The service included a number of Knight’s relatives born decades after his death.

As "Amazing Grace" is played, Jack Knight, the great-grandson of Col. Roy Knight Jr., leans on the shoulder of his grandfather, Roy Knight III. The memorial service for Col. Knight was held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Holder's Chapel United Methodist Church in Cool, Texas. He was shot down over Laos in 1967, and his remains were recovered and identified in February and were brought home last week for burial.

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