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Son Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home in Tribute

a southwest plane approaches for a landing at an airport
This is not the Southwest plane carrying the M.I.A. remains of Col. Roy Knight. (Robert E. Klein/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 August 2019 05:39 PM EDT

A viral Twitter thread Thursday told the moving story of a Southwest pilot flying the remains of his father, who had been shot down in Vietnam in 1967, back home to Texas at the same airport he last saw his dad alive going off to war.

Jackson Proskow, the Washington bureau chief for Canada's Global News, tweeted he was at a Dallas airport, traveling home to Washington, D.C., when he saw "something incredible . . . happening."

Proskow's incoming flight was carrying the remains of Col. Roy Knight, whose body was only recently recovered and identified, he tweeted.

"As we wait at the gate, we're told that Captain Knight is coming home to Dallas," he wrote. "When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his 5-year-old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye. It was the last time he would see his father alive."

"Today the pilot of the plane bringing Capt. Knight back to Dallas is his son," he wrote.

Dallas was Knight's home, and his son grew up to become a pilot with Southwest Airlines, flying the Dallas-bound plane with is dad's remains.

The airport employees announced the story over the intercom and handed out American flags to travelers waiting at the gate, Proskow tweeted.

"Incredible moment to watch. The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival," he wrote, posting a picture of people crowded up against the airport terminal's windows, as well as airport workers standing at attention at the airlines gate, and a photo of the flag-draped casket being solemnly carried from the plane.

The thread got more than 17,000 views by Thursday afternoon.

Proskow also linked to an obituary for Knight that noted he was born in 1931, the sixth of seven sons and one daughter, and enlisted in the Air Force after his 17th birthday, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, who all served in WWII.

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The return of the remains of a Southwest pilot's father, who had been shot down in Vietnam in 1967, went viral on Twitter.
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Thursday, 08 August 2019 05:39 PM
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