Potts, Robert James, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
72B10-Communications Center Specialist
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 72B10, 404th Radio Research Detachment, 509th Army Security Agency Group
Service Years
1968 - 1971


One Service Stripe

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Drew Motz (The Greatest) to remember Potts, Robert James, SGT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Feb 21, 1971
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Loudon Park Cemetery - Baltimore, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 129

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 451Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1971, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 451 (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Baltimore, Maryland) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]2 - Assoc. Page

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Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division313th Army Security Agency BattalionArmy Security Agency (ASA)
  1968-1969, 72B10, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
  1970-1971, 72B10, HHC, 313th Army Security Agency Battalion
  1970-1971, 72B10, 404th Radio Research Detachment, 509th Army Security Agency Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

The Army Security Agency structure in Vietnam was responsible for monitoring enemy radio transmissions for intelligence and locational information. The ASA's units were designated "Radio Research" units in order to camoflage their true purpose. 

On 21 Feb 1971, four members of the 404th Radio Research Detachment were killed by an "explosive device", a term once again becoming known to Americans. The men were

SP5 Carl H. Caccia, Detroit, MI 
SGT Robert J. Potts, Baltimore, MD
SP5 Mitchell B. Smith, Tacoma, WA 
SP5 Robert J. Thelen, Fowler, MI 

Sergeant Potts was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam; he served with the 4th Infantry Division's 374th RR Company during his first tour in 1968-69. The photo at the top of this page was taken during that tour of duty.

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