Major Larry J. Hanley

1943 - 1979


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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Family & friends are invited to sign the

online guestbook at


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