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Texas service held for Vietnam War pilot, killed in 1967
Truth|Aug. 11, 2019
COOL, Texas (AP) - 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 his remains identified earlier this year.
Col. Roy Knight Jr. was remembered Saturday during services in the town of Cool, near Weatherford, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) 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.
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 flown home last week for burial at Holder's Chapel United Methodist Church. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
As "Amazing Grace" is played, Jack Knight, the great-grandson of Col. Roy Knight Jr., leans on his grandfather's shoulder, 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 brought home last week for burial. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
A portrait of U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight Jr., who was shot down over Laos in 1967, is displayed beside his coffin during the memorial service for him Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Knight's remains had been recovered and identified in February, then brought home last week for burial at Holder's Chapel United Methodist Church in Cool, Texas. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
Gayanne Knight receives a folded U.S. flag from a U.S. Air Force honor guard member during the burial service for her father, Col. Roy Knight Jr. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 in Cool, Texas. Beside her are her brothers, Bryan and Roy Knight III, who also received flags. Col. Knight was shot down over Laos in 1967, his remains were recovered in identified earlier this year and flown home last week. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
Gary Henderson, the brother-in-law of U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight Jr., listens to the service for Knight in the tabernacle at Holder's Chapel United Methodist Church in Cool, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Knight was shot down over Laos in 1967, his remains were recovered and identified earlier this year, and flown home last week for burial. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
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