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Vietnam War MIA Remains Returning to Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A young man from Walla Walla left home decades ago and never returned home. Major Larry Hanley was an Air Force pilot serving in Vietnam when his plane went down in 1969 over Laos. 

For years, he was considered missing in action until a military review board changed Hanley's status to killed in action. It was only weeks ago his relatives were given real confirmation, though. Hanley's remains were found and they were a genetic match to his sister and mother. 

Walla Walla city councilman and Vietnam vet, himself, Jerry Cummins helped connect Hanley to his family recently.

"As a veteran, it's nice, it's a good feeling to know that his remains have been found and there's closure for the family and he'll be coming back to the community that he was raised in," Cummins said.

Major Hanley was transported from Spokane to Walla Walla Thursday. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday at the Assumption Catholic Church and he'll be buried at Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors.


WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The remains of an Air Force pilot killed in the Vietnam War are being returned to Walla Walla for burial this weekend.

Maj. Larry J. Hanley, 26, was attacking an anti-aircraft position in Laos in 1969 when his plane crashed, according to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

The crash site was found last year, and his remains were identified through a genetic match with Hanley's mother and sister.