KNIGHT, ROY ABNER, JR.

Remains Identified/announced 6 June 2019

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 2019.

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.

 

 

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Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr. U.S. Air Force 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron 5/19/1967 Laos 6/6/2019
June 13, 2019
 
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After his death, Knight received several military honors including the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air ...

 

 
He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his service, his ...

 

 
He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his actions, his ...

 

 
Knight, who was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals, will be buried ...

 

 
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In this undated and photo released on July 18, 2019 by the US Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Air Force Major Roy A.

 

 
... with full military honors will be held on Saturday 50 miles west of Dallas in Weatherford, according to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Roy Knight, whose remains were accounted for in June, will be buried Saturday in Weatherford.

 

 
Bryan Knight was 5 years old when he said goodbye to his father at an airport in Dallas, Texas, just before he was sent off to the Vietnam War .

 
Roy Knight, a recipient of the distinguished Air Force Cross. Knight's remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in February ...

 

 
 
... they were subsequently identified as Major Roy Knight's through dental records, according to the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 

 

 
His remains were discovered and identified in February 2019 by personnel designated to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Jackson .
 
Knight, of Texas, was declared missing in action in 1974. Mary Bisig, a Le Roy high schooler at the time, acquired a POW/MIA bracelet inscribed with ...
 
Earlier this year, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency team investigating crashes in that area of Laos said they found Knight's remains.

 

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