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son couldn’t honor his father more meaningfully. On Aug. 8, 2019, passengers at Dallas Love Field airport pressed against the terminal windows to witness the arrival of the repatriated remains of U.S. Air Force Col. Roy A. Knight Jr., who was shot down over Laos on May 19, 1967. Making the occasion all the more poignant was the fact that Knight’s son, Southwest Airlines Capt. Bryan Knight—who was just 5 when he last saw his father, leaving for war from the same airport 52

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