Potter was a career army officer with WWI-II service, a decorated veteran with many foreign awards as well.
Colonel Harold Edward Potter (0-8013) was born in Illinois in 1890. He entered service in the U.S. Army through the Officer’s Reserve Course, and began his active duty on August 15, 1917.
The uniform is in excellent condition, made by H.L. Abrahams, Brooklyn, NY, the cap was purchase from Isenberg, Inc., New Haven, Conn. Just a few smudges, on the white wool of the trouser stripes, I don’t notice any damage due to moth. The cap has some slight wear on the crown, and the back of the crown and underneath there was a mouse chew that was restored. The blue silk banding on the cap is a vibrant Prussian blue, not the regulation sky or light blue. The cap side buttons are unique in that I have never seen a two piece button of these era, made of a flat plate with applied Army eagle device. A great looking set.
He was a veteran of WWI having served in one campaign. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and captain, Army of the US by May19, 1919, while in occupation duty.
His regular army rank dates as follows; 1st Lt. Inf., 1920, Capt. Inf., 1920, Major Inf., 1935, Lt. Col. Inf., Aug. 1940, and Col. Inf, March 1948.
From the ribbon bars on the uniform, I can only conclude that he must have served in a staff position to have been awarded this array of Foreign decoration. His ribbon bar consists of the following (left to right, top to bottom): Legion of Merit (OLC), Bronze Star Medal, WWI Victory Medal (1 campaign star), Army of Occupation (WWI), American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (one campaign), WWII Victory Medal, WWII Army of Occupation, Dutch Order of Nassau,(officer), Belgium Order of Leopold (officer), [Montenegro Order of Danilo I ?], Luxembourg Order of the Oak Crown (officer), French Legion of Honor, French Croix de Guerre, Czech War Cross.
Potter was a graduate of the Infantry School, Company Officer Course, 1930.
There is much more to discover about this officer’s career, and an interesting one it was. I can’t spend more time, so it’s up to you.
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