KNIGHT, ROY ABNER, JR. Name: Roy Abner Knight, Jr. Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 602nd Fighter Squadron, Udorn RTAFB Date of Birth: 01 February 1931 (Garner TX) Home City of Record: Millsap TX Date of Loss: 19 May 1967 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 202437N 1041331E (VH192569) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E Refno: 0690 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2010. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The A1 was first used by the Air Force to equip the first Air Commando Group in counterinsurgency operations, and was later used in such diverse roles as electronic intelligence, antisubmarine warfare and rescue missions. Maj. Roy A. Knight, Jr. was a "Spad" pilot assigned to the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Airbase, Thailand. On May 19, 1967 Knight was flying a mission over Laos when his plane was shot down in Houa Rhan Province in extreme northern Laos. Although the U.S. believes the Lao could account for Knight, no information has been received regarding his fate. Knight is one of nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos. When the Peace accords were signed in 1973, they did not provide for the release of any Americans held by the Lao, nor has their release been negotiated for since that time. Nearly 2500 Americans did not come home from the war in Vietnam. The Vietnamese and their communist allies can account for most of these men. Some hundred were known to be held as prisoners, some were photographed in captivity, some were alive in radio contact with personnel in their area, still others simply disappeared. Years after our military involvement ended, reports of Americans held captive continue to mount. Thousands of reports have been received indicating that Americans are still being held prisoner in Southeast Asia. The U.S. Government continues to press the Vietnamese for information, as it has for nearly 15 years. The U.S. views the problem as humanitarian, while the Vietnamese are concerned with reconstruction aid promised by signed agreement but not delivered. Until we are willing to negotiate for their release, these Americans will die in communist prisons wondering why their country abandoned them. Roy A. Knight, Jr. was born in Garner, Texas, the fifth of seven children. He graduated from high school in Millsap Texas and joined the Air Force in 1948. In 1967, he was sent to Thailand to fly missions in Vietnam from Udorn Air Base. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained Missing in Action.