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Fifty years ago, a group of students at Texas State University took a stand against the war in Vietnam. The students, nicknamed the San Marcos 10, faced serious consequences for that stand. Their example and the consequences that followed still echo across college campuses today.

After 52 years, the remains of Air Force pilot Col. Roy Knight Jr., who was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War, have finally come home.

And the plane that carried them, a commercial jet owned by Southwest Airlines, was flown by Knight's son Bryan Knight, a captain with the airline.

The remains arrived Thursday in a flag-draped casket at Dallas Love Field — the same airport where Col. Knight said goodbye to his then-5-year-old son.

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The remains of an Air Force pilot whose plane was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War have been returned to Texas by a commercial jet flown by his son.

A traveling memorial that pays tribute to those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War arrived at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Thursday. Known as “The Wall That Heals,” it is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and includes the names of more than 58,000 service members who perished in the line of duty.

Updated at 12 p.m. ET, Jan. 30

Scores of people turned up for Joseph Walker's funeral Monday in Texas — not because they knew him, but because they knew the Vietnam-era veteran was at risk of being buried without anyone in attendance.

Walker served in the U.S. Air Force, and he died of natural causes in November at the age of 72. When the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery announced funeral plans for him last week, the facility said it didn't expect anyone other than staff members to be present.

Ken Burns became a star on PBS a generation ago by telling the story of the Civil War in a huge — and hugely popular — documentary series. Since then, he and his collaborators have done invaluable work, including a lengthy and superb examination of World War II.

A Vietnamese Refugee On Today's Migrant Crisis

Jun 20, 2016

Dr. Vinh Chung has a sense of what people fleeing the Middle East are going through. He was once a refugee – 40 years ago as a child fleeing South Vietnam. Today on Think – in recognition of World Refugee Day – he spoke with Lauren Silverman about his family’s journey and the importance of looking at refugees as real people.  

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Dr. Vinh Chung On …

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Just as fans did for his fights in the '60s and '70s, people in Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisiville, Kentucky, lined up for hours for tickets to a public service for the boxing great.  His recent death reminded commentator Lee Cullum of her first encounter with Ali in Dallas. 

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A half-dozen Texans were among the 24 veterans who received belated Medals of Honor today at the White House. President Obama presented the honors to three living recipients and 21 who have died. All were veterans of World War II or the Korean or Vietnam wars who were passed over earlier because of their Jewish or Hispanic heritage.