|courtesy of Des Philippet|
Earl was drafted in July 1942. It was probably after his military training in communications that he married Alice Mary Pitre on 10 Aug 1943 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They would have a daughter in August 1944. PVT Potter had likely already been sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot on 4 Sep 1944 to Headquarters 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry where he served in the signal section. PVT Potter was in a jeep near Kerkrade, Holland transporting coils of wire with 4 other soldiers from 2nd Battalion's signal section when the vehicle struck and detonated a German mine. 4 men, including PVT Potter were killed. Dying with him were CPL Wimburne Phinney, PVT Hairston Cumberland, and PVT Marcus Segan.
PVT Potter rests forever in the Henri-Chappelle American Cemetery.
Earl's grandfather, Elijah Dallas Potter, served as a PVT in H Company Lane's Texas Rangers. His brother, Lonnie Louis Potter, served as an MM3c aboard the USS Shelikof (AVP-52).