By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The search for six missing photos soldiers form Liberal that were killed in Vietnam is now down to two.
A Wall of Faces will be included in the new Educational Center near the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., as well as online, and two photos of local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam are missing from the collection. The Leader&Times, in conjuction with the Kansas Press Association, is trying to locate those photos with the help of the community.
Sixteen soldiers from Liberal gave their lives in the conflict, and only two photos are needed to ensure every soldier from Liberal will be represented in the new education center being constructed near the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.
Community members have located and delivered four of the missing six this week, and help is needed in locating the final two.
Photos of these honored veterans in their uniforms is preferred, but any substitute photograph would also be helpful.
The photos will be sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be included on the Wall of Faces.
The two local Vietnam soldiers that are missing are:
• George L. Cruse, died May 2, 1968, born Oct. 5, 1947; and,
• John E. Winters, died Oct. 30, 1970, born Feb. 26, 1937.
If anyone has information on how to obtain a photo of these soldiers, please contact the Leader&Times by calling (620) 626-0840 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email the paper at
Once these two are retrieved, all of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom that called Liberal home will be included in the project.