Col. Roy Abner Knight
602nd Fighter Squadron (Commando)
Service in Vietnam
1967 – 1967
Location of Casualty
Sam Nuea, Laos
Panel 20E, Line 045
Then May Roy A. Knight, Jr. 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 fastpitch 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 has been one of them for several years. He will always be remembered as a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father, and friend.