Maj. Larry J. Hanley
February 13, 1943 – February 6, 1979
Loss Coordinates: 172900 North 1055400 East Vietnam Memorial Wall Panel: Panel 16W Row 29
Vietnam War Casualty from Walla Walla provides closure.
Flying Cross w/Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air
Medal w/two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters and three Bronze Oak Leaf
WELCOME HOME BROTHER
Major Larry James Hanley
July 13, 2013
Major Hanley’s return home was a long and difficult journey. It began on the morning of November 4, 1969 when Major Hanley’s F-105 Thurnderchief aircraft was downed over Laos. For the next forty-three years, eight months and nine days the journey seemed endless. With the effort of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office along with the work of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Major Hanley’s remains were located and positively identified through DNA testing.
Major Hanley was returned to his family, and with the assistance of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover AFB Delaware, he was accorded a full military funeral service on July 13, 2013 in Walla Walla, Washington.
The POW/MIA motto of "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” rings truer and stronger with the repatriation of this American Hero.
In 2003 with efforts by Bill Reesman, VFW Post 3377 in Manchaca, Texas decided to create a POW/MIA Honor Wall in their Post Canteen. The VFW membership voted to adopt Maj. Larry J. Hanley to represent all POW/MIA’s from all wars. The wall was dedicated in September of that year with Darlene and her husband Greer (upper left photo) in attendance.