Major Larry J. Hanley, who grew up in Walla Walla, was 26 when he was declared missing in action. He failed to return after completing a combat flying mission over Laos on Nov. 4, 1969. After a status review by the U.S. Air Force, he was declared killed in action in February 1979.
On March 15, 2013, his sisters, JoAnn Aliverti and Darlene Allen, were notified by the Dept. of Defense JPAC that Larry's remains had been received from a source and positively identified.
Larry was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Spokane. In November 1943, he moved here with his family to Walla Walla after the death of his father, James M. Hanley, in a construction accident at Hanford. His mother later married Arthur Kleinknecht. Larry attended St. Patrick's, Davis Grade School and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1961. He attended University of Washington and Central WA State College, graduating in 1966. He received a commission as a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Air Force.
He graduated from flight school and received his wings at Laughlin AFB, Texas, in October 1967. He went on to train in the F-4 Phantom at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. In 1968, then Capt. Hanley was assigned to the 8thTFW/435th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon AF Base, Thailand. He completed 119 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, and 13 Air Medals for service in Vietnam. He returned to the states, trained in the F105 Thunderchief and volunteered for a second tour of duty. He was assigned to the 355th TFW/357th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Takhli AF base, Thailand, where he was stationed until his death. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His mother also received the MIA Vietnam Medal.
At that time, Larry was survived by his parents, Florence and Arthur Kleinknecht (now deceased). He is survived by sisters, JoAnn Aliverti (Gene) of Walla Walla, Darlene Allen (Greer) of Kirkland; niece, Melanie Aliverti; six nephews, Steve, Darrin, Barry Aliverti; Scott, Geoffrey and Doug Allen; 11 great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Rosary will be recited on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until after the Rosary. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church, 2098 W. Alder with Rev. Michael Ishida, officiating and followed by the committal services with full military honors at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S Second Ave. On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the family will travel to Spokane to welcome and accompany their brother home to Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to Maj. Larry J. (LJ) Hanley Memorial Scholarship, University of Washington AFROTC Detachment 910, through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.