July 11, 2013 in Region

Vietnam War MIA remains returning to Walla Walla

Associated Press

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The remains of an Air Force pilot who died in the Vietnam War are being returned to Walla Walla for burial.

The Defense Department POW-Missing Personnel Office says 26-year-old Maj. Larry J. Hanley was attacking an anti-aircraft position in 1969 in Laos when he crashed. The crash site was found last year, and his remains identified through a genetic match with Hanley’s mother and sister.

KVEW reports his remains are being flown to Spokane Thursday and will be taken to Walla Walla for services.

The Union-Bulletin reports Hanley’s funeral will be Saturday at the Assumption Catholic Church and he’ll be buried with full military honors at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.

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