Potticary, George W.

Date of death:
January 23rd, 1945 (Saarland, Germany)
Buried on:
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: H. Row: 10. Grave: 7.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Unit:
Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division "Thundering Herd", U.S. Army (Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division "Thundering Herd", U.S. Army)
Action:
The Silver Star is presented to George W. Potticary (17080531), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Germany on 22 January 1945. Sergeant Potticary led his squad in the capture of a strong point. During the advance his squad was under constant fire from mortar, artillery and automatic weapons. Obtaining his objective, he organized it against a counterattack and continued to the aid of a platoon which had been trapped for two days. During this action Sergeant Potticary was killed. The action undertaken by Sergeant Potticary was above and beyond the call of duty. He displayed heroism and intrepid leadership which exemplifies the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States. Hometown: Watertown, South Dakota.
Details:
Posthumously awarded.
Headquarters, 8th Armored Division, General Orders No. 3 (15 February 1945).
Silver Star Medal (SSM)

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