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Colonel Harold E. Potter’s 1938 Full Dress Uniform

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#1 Jamecharles

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:33 PM

Hello Everybody,

 

first of all have a nice holiday season to you and your family!
Secondone I've recently bought this amazing lot of Colonel Harold E. Potter, I'm still looking for some photos or more infos about his career, due to his amazing ribbon set should had a great career since ww1.

 

Any further infos about him will be really appreciated:

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.

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:40 PM

details from officer's register of 1947

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:58 PM

Incredible! Thank you for sharing.



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:01 PM

I saw that one on ebay a while back, I loved the ribbon bar. At the time I found some research on him, let me see if I can relocate it. 



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:06 PM

Yet another amazing piece you have acquired. Very nice uniform! Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:07 PM

Prior to 1945, he was Asst. Commandant at the Infantry School at Fort Benning. He went overseas toward the end of the War. 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:08 PM

May 1945 Article.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:09 PM

June 1946 Article. 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:52 PM

Amazing infos! Thank you all :D
But I'll take eyes open for other infos, nevermind we can spot them out!

GS



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 12:48 PM

In order to complete the set I decided to buy the commendator Dutch Order of Nassau as per his ribbon set.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:53 PM

Hello mr Jamecharles,

Indeed Col Potter received a Commander grade of the Dutch Order of Oranje Nassau (and not the lower Officer grade).
How ever, the Commander version you bought is the civilian version with oak leaves between the arms of the cross.
He most probably received the Military class version of this Order. They have swords between the arms of the cross instead off oakleaves. I enclose a picture of a Commanders grade version, Military division.

Regards
Herman

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

 On the right is another example of the Military version issued to a WWII US General.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 03:16 PM

Oh lord I've to find another one

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