Col. Roy-Knight, Jr.-Obituary

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Col. Roy Abner Knight, Jr.

Feb 1, 1931 - May 19, 1967

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While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Col. Knight, we fought in the same war for the same piece or pieces of Real Estate, the Ho Chi Min Trail in Laos being jus one of them. The Col. few a plane I was an Intelligence Officer on the ground. I have the utmost respect for every pilot who risked their life, every day. As much as I have for every soldier who served. The Colonel paid the ultimate price, as did his family! I salute you sir! In war, all gave some, but some gave all!

A salute to you and condolences to you family. May you fly to Heaven on the wings of angels.

Col. Knight, God Bless you, may you Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for your country and its citizens. My uncle proudly served as you, but blessedly he returned safely home to his grateful family. Captain Knight, God Bless you and your family, you honor your father by bringing him back home, and all those who served as your father did. On behalf of myself and my entire family thank you, and for my uncle and my dad who served at a different time, I am sure they...

I want to thank you SIr for your service and sacrifice. May you R.I.P. now. God bless your family.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Respectfully would like to thank Col. Roy Knight for his selfless service. My thoughts are with you all.

I thank you, Col. Knight, for your service to our country. I pray that you rest in Gods arms and know how thankful your country is that you have finally come home. I pray for Gods peace and comfort for your precious family. God bless you and God bless America.

Col. Knight , thank you for giving your life to protect mine. You are a hero! I am a grateful citizen who honors you for your commitment and service to the people of this country. God bless you!

What a beautiful story of a true hero. I served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman Air Traffic Controller with NATO and we Canadians had a tri-partite staff of about 80 USAF and French AF military controllers at "Moselle Control" at Fort Jeanne d'Arc, near Metz,France. Toul Rosiere AFB was under our Air Traffic control jurisdiction, That was in 1959 and 1960. I just hope that I was able to count Colonel Knight as a fellow airman when he flew Sabre aircraft from Toul...

Col. Knight, "thank you" is so inadequate for the great sacrifice you made for the cause of freedom for our fellow man and your superb, courageous service to our nation.
May God bless your memory, Sir, and hold your family close to His great heart.
With fullest sympathy for you and your beloved family, with profound grief for all that has been lost to you and your loved ones, with deepest gratitude to you and your faithfulness to our flag, and with great humility in the...

Obituary

Col. Roy's Obituary

 

On May 19, 1967, Maj. Roy A. Knight, Jr., USAF, was shot down while attacking a target on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. He was initially listed as Missing in Action until being declared Killed in Action in 1974. During that time, he was promoted to Colonel. Fifty-two years later, in February, 2019, Col. Knight’s remains were recovered and identified by personnel assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 

Roy Abner Knight, Jr., was born in Garner, TX on February 1, 1931, the sixth of seven sons and one daughter of Roy Abner Knight, Sr., and Martha Holder Knight. He graduated from Millsap High School in 1947 and enlisted in the United States Air Force days after his 17th birthday, following his five older brothers who all served in WWII. He served as a clerk typist in the Philippines, Japan and Korea before attending Officer Candidate School in 1953. After being commissioned a 2nd Lt., he married Patricia Henderson of Shawnee, OK whom he first met in the Philippines, where her father served. He then completed the Personnel Officer Course followed by three years at Itazuke AB in Japan and Taegu AB in South Korea during which time their son Roy, III was born. In 1957, he was accepted for pilot training at Laredo, TX where their daughter, Gayann, was born. He subsequently served in Germany and France as a fighter pilot, flying the F-86D. While stationed at Toul-Rosieres AB in France, their son, Bryan, was born.

In 1963, he and his family returned to Texas where he became an instructor pilot at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX. In January 1966, he completed his bachelor’s degree through Operation Bootstrap at the University of Omaha. That year he received orders for Southeast Asia and reported to the 602nd Fighter Squadron (Commando) at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in January 1967. He flew combat missions almost daily until being shot down May 19, 1967. 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.

Roy loved to hunt and fish, especially with his family. He also loved sports and was a pitcher for his squadron fast pitch softball teams. He restored a 1931 Model A Ford which he finished as he left for war. He was well-liked and respected by the men with whom he served, particularly the enlisted airmen with whom he had a special connection having been one of them for several years. He will always be remembered as a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father and friend.

The love of Roy’s life, Patricia, passed away in 2008. His parents both passed away within three years of his shootdown, while the war still raged, never knowing his fate. He is survived by a sister, June Campbell (husband - Wayne) of Cool, TX and a brother, Dr. Bill Knight (wife - Shirlene) of Mineola, TX; his children, Roy Abner Knight, III (wife – Phyllis) of Valley Center, CA; Gayann Knight of Manchaca, TX, and Bryan Knight (wife - Charis) of Melbourne, FL; grandchildren – Shea, Ryan, Bryan and Jessica; and great grandchildren – Jack, Brianna, Abby and Edy.

Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr., will be coming home to Texas with a Dignified Arrival on August 8, 2019. He will be flown home by his son, Bryan, a Captain with Southwest Airlines, to Dallas Love Field, the same airport where 5-year-old Bryan said goodbye to his father when he left to go to war fifty-two years ago.

There will be a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 9, 2019 at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford, TX 76086. Services and full military honors will begin at 10:00 a.m., August 10, 2019 at Holder’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 501 Holders Chapel Road, Cool (Weatherford) TX 76088.

The Knight family will place any POW/MIA bracelets returned to the family within the casket prior to interment. Those wishing to return these bracelets, please bring them to the Visitation or mail them to arrive no later than Friday, August 9, 2019 to:

White’s Funeral Home

130 Houston Avenue

Weatherford, TX 76086

Attn: Col. Roy Knight Service

 

In lieu of flowers, the Knight family requests that donations be made in his name to the following organizations:

Air Warrior Courage Foundation

https://www.airwarriorcourage.com

 

The Gary Sinise Foundation

https://www.garysinisefoundation.org

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