Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
Tuesday
Low  68°
High 95°
Wednesday
Low  66°
High 81°
Thursday
Low  66°
High 87°
Friday
Low  66°
High 88°
Saturday
Low  67°
High 91°
Sunday
Low  67°
High 93°
Monday
Low  68°
High 94°
Current Temperature in Liberal KS is 86°  
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports National Headlines
Liberal Vietnam Veteran Finds Answers At The Moving Wall
10/21/2012

 

Crowds of people flocked to Valley Center Friday to visit a half size replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.

The "Moving Wall" has been traveling around the country for 20 years and just made it's way to Valley Center Thursday.

There are more than 58,000 names on the “Moving Wall.” Johnnie Gonzales came to Valley Center in search of just one.

“Pat was a really good friend of mine, actually he was a football hero. I liked him. He was a good basketball player too,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales was the first from Liberal High School to serve in the Vietnam war, Patrick O’Brien was the second.

"When I came back I asked about him and they told me he didn't make it back,” O'Brien said.

Still, Gonzales says for years, he wondered about his friend.

"Because I wasn't sure. Everybody had told me he didn't make it but I just wanted to see for myself,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales says he wanted answers and thought he'd get his chance when visited the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington D.C.

"When I was in Washington I was a tour bus driver so I was pressed for time. I didn't spend the time that I wished I could have,” Gonzales said.

"I didn't think I’d ever find his name on the wall,” Gonzales said.

But he got a second chance and this time, the wall came to him.

"You know, had all the time in the world,” Gonzales said.

At Lions Park in Valley Center, Gonzales found the name he's been searching for: Patrick O’Brien, killed in action on February 22, 1967.

"I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t find it, you know but he's there. He was a good guy, I really liked him. I wished he had made it,” Gonzales said.

The Vietnam vet tells us Pat isn't the only friend he lost in the war, many of their names are on the wall too. But after more than 40 years of not knowing, Gonzales says he's thankful he can finally say goodbye to an old friend.

The “Moving Wall” will be in Valley Center all weekend and open to the public 24 hours a day. If you want to find the name of someone you think might be on the wall, just visit the information tent or look for a volunteer. They can tell you exactly where to find the name.

 

© KAKE News
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Seward County Fair Queen Candidates Announced
Texas County DA Lived in Seized House Rent Free
Liberal Sets NBC Record in Win
BJ's Strike Early in NBC Opener
USD 480 Back to School Supplement
Altered KPERS Rules a Concern for Kansas Schools
Bee Jays Swing Away at Sluggers Late Friday Night
Concealed Guns Permits Remain Popular in Kansas
Area Counties to Receive Federal Aid After Storms
Redskins Have Rich History in Shrine Bowl
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Liberal Sets NBC Record in Win
Weekend Rattler Round Up
BJ's Strike Early in NBC Opener
Liberal's Stuff the Bus Accepting Donations
Turpin Enrollment August 4
Texas County DA Lived in Seized House Rent Free
Redskins Have Rich History in Shrine Bowl
SCCC/ATS to Raise Mill Levy by 4 Points
Concealed Guns Permits Remain Popular in Kansas
Brent Williams Named BJ Player of the Year
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Kansas Lottery

©2015 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group