Pilot killed during Vietnam War accounted for

Elizabeth Howe
July 19, 2019 - 10:18 am

Photo courtesy of DPAA

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Air Force Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr., 36, of Millsap, Texas, killed during the Vietnam War, has been accounted for.

Knight was a pilot with the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, assigned to Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand in May 1967 when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. There was no confirmed parachute and no beeper signal from Knight — despite initial search and rescue efforts, the Air Force declared Knight deceased in September 1974. 

It wasn't until 1994 that the crash site was excavated. Knight's remains were among the items sent to DPAA laboratory for analysis.

Today there are 1,588 Department of Defense personnel who are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Knight’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.