JAMES V POTTKOTTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 3E, LINE 13 OF THE WALL

JAMES VINCENT POTTKOTTER

WALL NAME

JAMES V POTTKOTTER

PANEL / LINE

3E/13

DATE OF BIRTH

05/31/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/01/1965

HOME OF RECORD

NEW WESTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Darke County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES VINCENT POTTKOTTER
POSTED ON 5.12.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

77

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.9.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC James Pottkotter, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. I researched you on your 76th birthday, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Sunday was the 77th anniversary of D-Day, Operation Overlord. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC James Pottkotter, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. I researched you on your 76th birthday, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Sunday was the 77th anniversary of D-Day, Operation Overlord. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 76th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 5.22.2018

Final Mission of PFC James V. Pottkotter

On November 1, 1965, the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division was conducting search and destroy operations in the Ia Drang Valley south west of Plei Me in Pleiku Province, RVN. At 7:20 AM, scouts from B Troop, 1/9 Cavalry spotted a dozen North Vietnamese Army soldiers which they took under fire. An Aero Rifle platoon was dispatched to the area while a larger group of NVA, estimated at 30 strong, was spotted near the American position. Using scout aircraft as guides, the 30-man Aero Rifle platoon made contact with an NVA element near a streambed, killing five and capturing four. Moving on, the platoon captured an aide station believed to be at least regimental in size with all its supplies and equipment. The NVA challenged the American encroachment around their hospital, and a battle raged through the day between three platoons of 1/9 Calvary and the enemy. Assaults were repulsed over and over by just the weapons carried by the American troopers since the enemy pressed so close as to preclude the use of tactical air or aerial rocket artillery support. Reinforcements of five more platoons were airlifted into the area late in the afternoon. The destruction of the aid station was a major find for the Division and also provided the opportunity for the destruction of enemy forces. Enemy losses were put at 99 KIA (by body count), 183 total KIA estimation, with 208 WIA. Furthermore, the capture of documents yielded maps that revealed enemy supply and march routes. These were converted into intelligence that led to additional interdictory bombings by the U.S. Air Force. American losses were 10 fatalities. They included SGT Neil R. Hans, PFC Rodney C. Harris, SGT Ralph W. Onana, PFC James V. Pottkotter, PFC Alton E. Baker, PFC Jesus R. Bermudez, SP5 Charles R. Davis Jr., SP4 Thomas D. Duncan, SGT Daniel D. Harden, and SP4 James Hoover. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and extracts from 1st Cavalry Division reports for November 1, 1965]
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