According to a Southwest spokesperson, Captain Knight learned that his father's remains were positively identified earlier this year, "which began the mission of returning Col. Knight to his home in North Texas".
The effort to find Knight and identify his remains started in 1991, and USA and Laos investigators found a crash site and life support items three years later.
A Southwest pilot whose father was killed in the Vietnam War flew his father's remains home to rest on Thursday.
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Bryan Knight, who is now a captain with Southwest, piloted the flight bringing his father's remains back to Love Field.
"When I first got the call, it was nearly surreal", Bryan Knight told Southwest Airlines. "This thread today is the best thread I've ever read", one person wrote after seeing the images.
When he heard the news, he said he told himself: "He's really coming home".
The pilot was leading a flight of two A-1E Skyraider aircraft on a strike mission over northern Laos when his aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire.
Military officials say the crash site was searched several times since the 1990s.
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Using old dental records, DPAA scientists were able to identify the body as that of Roy A. Knight Jr.
Knight's obituary describes him as "a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father and friend" who was well-liked by those with whom he served. He served as a clerk typist in the Philippines, Japan and Korea before beginning pilot training in 1957.
In 1966, Knight received orders to deploy to Southeast Asia. He was declared missing, and officially presumed dead in 1974. He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his actions during this time.
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