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Name: Potter, Robert G. (fl. 1917-1919)


Historical Note:

Robert G. Potter served in the first World War as a member of the 325th Infantry, 82nd Division. Mr. Potter was responsible for training horses and mules for riding.  He continued this work overseas when he was relocated to France.

Although Robert Potter never saw battle, he was among the first groups of New England soldiers to train at Fort Devens.  Located in Ayers, Massachusetts, Fort Devens served as temporary quarters for troops from 1917 until its close in 1995.  From there, he was stationed at Fort Upton, New York, and Fort Gordon, Georgia.  In France, he served at both Dommarien and Anois.  Mr. Potter returned to the United States in May, 1919, unharmed by the war.






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