Monday, April 9, 2012

A Potter Name Incribed

SGT ALBERT RAYMOND POTTER SGT ALFRED N POTTER SP4 DON POTTER
SGT JAMES FRANK POTTER SSG JAMES RALPH POTTER PFC JERRY LEE POTTER
CPL LARRY EMERSON POTTER CPL NEIL WARREN POTTER 1LT PAUL D POTTER
SGT PAUL PRICE POTTER CPL RAYMOND GEORGE POTTER PFC RICHARD EDWARD POTTER
PFC ROBERT ALLAN POTTER SP5 ROBERT GLEN POTTER CPL WESLEY ROY POTTER
WO WILLIAM DON POTTER LTC WILLIAM JOSEPH POTTER Jr SGT WILLIAM STEVEN POTTER
CAPT WILLIAM TOD POTTER BM1 WILLIAM VERNON POTTER

I did not know; there are 20 men surnamed Potter whose names are inscribed upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. I was there last week, spending spring break with son, Benjamin, and grandsons, Austin (13) and Grady (18). Along with hundreds of others, we filed slowly and silently past the black marble memorial to the fallen heroes of the Vietnam War. I did a tracing of the only Potter I spotted but a Google search brought me the names of the 19 others. There were tributes left even now and even still. A visit to this memorial should be on every American's bucket list.

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