Fallen airman returns home after 43 years
The remains of a Walla Walla veteran who's been missing for more than 40 years returned home today.
Major Larry Hanley went missing in Laos in 1969.
Hanley's remains arrived at Spokane International Airport earlier this afternoon, where he was greeted by family members.
His remains along with his family made their way down to the Tri-Cities, where more than 40 motorcycles lined up at Crazy Mary's gas station on Dodd Rd. at Highway 12 to salute the fallen airman.
The Patriot Guard Riders, a group of bikers from Southeast Washington escorted Hanley and his family back home to Walla Walla.
"This is a service member thats been missing in action for 43 years. This is a moment for closure for the family, so it's important we provide that closure and honor the family, as well as the service of Major Hanley," said Neal Miller, captain of the local Patriot Guard Riders.
The patriot guard riders consists of veterans, firefighters and members of the community who just want to honor vets and first responders.
Hanley served as an Air Force pilot who died in the Vietnam War when he crashed his plane in Laos while attacking an anti-aircraft position.
The crash site was found last year and Hanley's remains were identified through a genetic match with hanley's mother and sister.
Hanley's funeral service will take place this Saturday in Walla Walla at The Assumption Catholic Church, and he'll be buried with full military honors at Mountain View Cemetary in Walla Walla.