In Loving Memory
Major Larry J. Hanley
February 13, 1943 – February 6, 1979
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
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
- 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
He graduated from flight school and received
his wings at Laughlin AFB, Texas, in October
- 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
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
- Family & friends are invited to sign the
online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.