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Joseph V. Potter Collection (1299) Finding Aid

Item Number: 12990000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

General William C. Westmoreland's Brigadier General's 'Quarters Flag' and a copy of Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant (1975, 1994) comprise the Potter collection. Excerpt from the Spring 2008 edition of the Town of Coventry Newsletter announces the dedication of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Approximately half a linear foot of articles, books, clippings, DVDs, and a periodical donated to the Vietnam Archive by Joseph Potter concerning a variety of topics including the war in Laos and the plight of the Hmong after the war. The collection also includes The Forward Air Controllers Association FAC History Book (May 2004).

Dates

  • 08 March 2004

Biographical / Historical

Joseph V. Potter was born in San Diego in 1941 and graduated from San Diego State University in 1963 receiving a commission in the United States Air Force ROTC. Potter subsequently received Masters Degrees from the University of Colorado, Pepperdine University, and the University of Hawaii. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and flew over 400 combat missions. Potter retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1991 and accepted a commission in the Vermont State Militia as a Brigadier General and served as Vice President, Commandant of Cadets and National Services academic chairman. He retired from that position two years later. Potter was appointed as a Brigadier General, Deputy Commander and 8th Brigade Commander in the American Volunteer Reserve (Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) in 2002.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
3.9
Pages
1
Location(s)
D202.6D, D122.2B, D010.7E, D147.1I, 147.1F, D202.5A, Map Collection, Museum Objects, Cold Storage Vault, Serial Collection, Newsletter Collection, D227.6, D158.1 and D160.1 Video Overflow, D162.1 Audio Overflow; Top of Map Drawers
45
Books

Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph by Richard Botkin
Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Sidney R. Slagter
Road to America The Ho Chi Minh Trail, Hank Cheranichit, Arthur J. Lingle, 2010
Sock it to 'em Baby: Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, by Garry Cooper and Robert Hillier
American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day, Robert Coram
Up Country, by Nelson Demille
Fighter Pilot: The First American Ace of World War II by William R. Dunn
Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam Oscar E. Gilbert , 2007
Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant
You Are Not Forgotten: A Family's Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families, by Evelyn Grub and Carol Jose (Inscribed by Carol Jose)
Glossy Black Cockatoos, Dan Guenther, 2009
About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman
Jungle Fighter Pilots by Bernie Hale
Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992, by Jane Hamilton-Merritt
Public Affairs: The Military and the Media 1968-1973, by William M. Hammond
Leaving Brogado Marshall Harrison, 2010
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam by John Hellmann
America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam 1950-1975 (2nd Edition)by George C. Herring
Vietnam A Surgeon's Odyssey Colonel Ed Krekorian MC, USA Retired, 2002
The Phantom of Ben Het, by John D. Lamerson 2 copies
Veterans and Families' Guide to Recovering from PTSD, by Stephanie Laite Lanham
Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War Spivey Larkin , 2007
The Impact of Globalization and Trans-Nationalism on the Hmong Dr. Gary Yia Lee Ph.D , 2009
Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War, edited by Marc Leepson with Helen Hannaford
Escaping the Tiger Laura Manivong, 2010
Eyewitness Books: Vietnam War by Stuart Murray
Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds by Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus
Brave Hearts Under Red Skies, by Jeff O'Leary
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, by John E. O'Neiell and Jerome R. Corsi
Glory Denied: The Saga of Vietnam Veteran Jim Thompson, America's Longest Held Prisoner of War, by Tom Philpott
Vietnam Voices: Perspectives on the War Years, 1941-1982, compiled by John Clark Pratt
Loas Caught in the Web: The Vietnam War Years by Judy Rantala
Professor P B. Lafont The Kingdom of Champa: Geography - Population - History English translation by Jay Scarborough
Every Marine 1968 A Battle for Go Noi Island Robert A. Simonsen, 2008
Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words by Larry Smith
The Vietnam War Experience, by Gerry and Janet Souter
To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry by ScottSwettand Tim Ziegler
Surviving Hell A POW's Journey Leo ThorsnessScott W. Johnson , 2011
Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007
Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007
Major General Vang Pao: an Illustration of His Remarkable Live by Noah Vang
The Tiger Man of Vietnam: The Remarkable Story of Australian War Hero Barry Peterson Frank Walker, 2009
By Duty Bound: Survival and Redemption in a Time of War, by Ezell Ware, Jr. and Joel Engel
Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko with John Weisman
Khmer Air Force

2
Photographs

2 photographs of Vietnam War memorials in the United States honoring veterans-VA067881, VA067882
1 photograph of two miltary leaders together-VA067883

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2
Maps

Section 12, Drawer 13: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand- National Geographic Society, 1967, 1:1,900,800
Top of Map Drawers: Colored Relief Map of Vietnam

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1
Posters

1299museum4554- Section 12, Drawer 13-Shift boat PCF-70 poster

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6
Museum Objects

1299museum3480 - American Flag Ribbon Magnet
1299museum1083 - William Westmoreland's Brigadier General's 'Quarters Flag'
1299museum4550- Lao Hmong American Coalition secret war patch
1299museum4551- P38 can opener
1299museum4552- Royal Laotian Armed Forces Medal
1299museum4553- Forward Air Controller Reunion Colorado Springs hand bag

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2
Electronic Media

RVN

1299EM0808 CD - The Forward Air Controllers Association FAC History Book (May 2004)

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50
Moving Images

1299VI2648 - DVD - Beautiful and Emotional Hmong Music, 28 July 2009
1299VI2759: DVD: Beyond the Wall: Honoring the Citizenship of American's Veterans
1299VI2649
1299VI2797 - DVD-For the Children Please Watch Me (2 copies)
1299VI2760
1299VI2798 - DVD-R: Hunted Like Animals (2 copies)
1299VI2761
1299VI2799
1299VI2800 - DVD - Journey from the Fall (3 copies)
1299VI2806: VHS: Lao Veterans of America, Inc. 10-12 May 2000
1299VI2801: DVD-R: Lu Doan USV
1299VI2802: DVD-R: Nehemiah Medical and Charitable Mission
1299VI2650- DVD-Returning Home
1299VI2804: DVD: Secret Wars: An Exit Strategy in Action
1299VI2571: DVD-Secret War in Laos, CIA
1299VI2803: DVD-R: SGU
1299VI2805: DVD-R: The Long Way Home Project
1299VI2557 DVD- U.S. Congressional Proclamation of the Lao Hmong Recognition Day, July 24, 2004
DVD - Vietnam: America's Conflict
DVD-We Always Come Back
1299VI3362-Gary Porter 'Portaits of Valor'- DVD-R
1299VI3363-Returning Home- DVD-R
1299VI3364a,b,c- Veterans History Project- DVD-R
1299VI3365-Vietnam's Unseen War-DVD-R
1299VI3366-The Long Way Home Project-DVD-R
1299VI3367-The Secret Wars-DVD-R
129968-USVAVA New Year's Parade-DVD-R
1299VI3369-William Lair WWII-DVD-R
1299VI3370a,b-William Lair Vietnam-DVD-R
1299VI3371-Honoring Freedom in America-DVD-R
1299VI3372-The Invisible Enemy-DVD-R
1299VI3373-Evacution from Da Nang-DVD-R
1299VI3374-General Vang Pao-DVD-R
1299VI3375-Di Tan-DVD-R
1299VI3376-Lao-Hmong American Coalition-DVD-R
1299VI3377-USVAVA Trip to the Midway Museum-DVD-R
1299VI3379-Legends of Air Combat Jets over Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3380-The Betrayal-DVD
1299VI3381- Vietnam in HD-DVD
1299VI3382-Heart of Darkness-DVD
1299VI3383-Goodbye Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3384-Apocalyspe in the Jungle-DVD
1299VI3385-The Fall of Saigon-DVD
1299VI3386- Rescue Dawn-DVD
1299VI3387-Vietnam War Stories-DVD
1299VI3388-Battlefield Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3389-Helping the Disabled Orphans-DVD
1299VI3390-Vietnam The Battles-DVD
1299VI3391-Battleground Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3392-Battleground Vietnam Fighting Forces-DVD

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1
Audio

1299AU2461: CD-R: Audio Recording of theJohn Duffy Rescue of Survivors from the 11th Viet Parachute Battalion in Kontum during the Easter Offensive, 15 April 1972

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3
Newsletters

LHAC Newsletter Lao-Hmong American Coalition, Winter 2008
NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), December 2007
NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), February 2008

Click here to view all Newsletters
9
Serials

Newsweek, 16 November 2009
Smithsonian, March 2008
Veterans Magazine, April 2008
Vietnam, October 2009
Vietnam, December 2009
United States of America Veterans Magazine, April 2008
Dac San: September 2010
Nguyet San KBC: 2011: September, November, December
2012: January, February
Military: WWII, Korea, Viet-Nam, Cold War & Today: 2016: October, December; 2017: January

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D058.7 ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D010.7 ]]

Inventory

  • Newspaper and Magazine clippings from 1984-2008
  • "U.S., Vietnam work to contain dioxin at former air base"
  • "Why Men Love War"
  • The Library of Vietnam Project, Pamphlet
  • Excerpt from the Spring 2008 edition of the Town of Coventry Newsletter- Dedication of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • Various magazine clippings and internet articles regarding the Service Medal Recipients and various topics on Vietnam and World War II.
  • Biographical note on Potter's military career
  • Photocopy of an article from the August 2007 issue of Veterans of Foreign Wars, entitled, Going Gets Rough on Go Noi Island
  • Photocopy of book review of Every Marine
  • Photocopy of book review of Public Affairs
  • Various magazine clippings dealing with aspects of the Vietnam War
  • Various magazine clippings dealing with aspects of the Vietnam War
  • General Vang Pao memorial program
  • Correspondence to Joseph Potter
  • Correspondence to sent to the US government (August 21, 2008-December 6, 2010)
  • National Security Action Memorandums from the Johnson adminstration (1965-1969)
  • National Security Action Memorandums from the Kennedy adminstration (1961-1963)
  • Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-1968 Volume XXVIII Laos
  • Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-1968 Volume XXVIII Laos
  • US Armed Forces Clandestine Vietnam War Report (1961-1975)
  • Articles on various battles of the war
  • Narrations by Khiem Tran on the fall of Da Nang
  • Stories about veteran's combat experiences and awards
  • Photos, maps, and political cartoons of Vietnam
  • Articles on Hmong and their influence in Vietnam
  • Article clippings from several newspapers about veterans and their service (June 2006-December 2012)
  • 'Freedom Fighter' article
  • Honoring the Freedom in America magazine
  • Aurora Salute Veterans magazine
  • The History of the Secret War in Laos (1953-1975)
  • Two copies of The War in Laos (1960-1975)
  • Articles on the theory of secret wars happening in Laos
  • Articles on the affect of the Vietnam War on pop culture
  • Vietnam veteran memorial articles
  • Article discrediting government officals and writers
  • Application for certificate of authority foreign corporation
  • Article on CIA hiding evidence on Vietnam MIAs
  • Photocopy of 'Skipping Stone' multicultural magazine
  • Articles on American intentions in Vietnam
  • First Team Tries Trap at Truong Song by Richard K. Kolb - VFW Magazine January 2017
  • Articles clipped from magazines and newspapers 2017
  • Articles clipped from Military magazine September 2017
  • Clippings regarding the Battle of Dak To, the Battle of Suoi Tre, and Diane Carlson Evans October-December 2017, No Date
  • Oversize material
  • Newspaper clippings about veterans and their lives many years after the Vietnam War (February 6, 2010-November 7, 2010)
45
Books

Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph by Richard Botkin
Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Sidney R. Slagter
Road to America The Ho Chi Minh Trail, Hank Cheranichit, Arthur J. Lingle, 2010
Sock it to 'em Baby: Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, by Garry Cooper and Robert Hillier
American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day, Robert Coram
Up Country, by Nelson Demille
Fighter Pilot: The First American Ace of World War II by William R. Dunn
Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam Oscar E. Gilbert , 2007
Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant
You Are Not Forgotten: A Family's Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families, by Evelyn Grub and Carol Jose (Inscribed by Carol Jose)
Glossy Black Cockatoos, Dan Guenther, 2009
About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman
Jungle Fighter Pilots by Bernie Hale
Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992, by Jane Hamilton-Merritt
Public Affairs: The Military and the Media 1968-1973, by William M. Hammond
Leaving Brogado Marshall Harrison, 2010
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam by John Hellmann
America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam 1950-1975 (2nd Edition)by George C. Herring
Vietnam A Surgeon's Odyssey Colonel Ed Krekorian MC, USA Retired, 2002
The Phantom of Ben Het, by John D. Lamerson 2 copies
Veterans and Families' Guide to Recovering from PTSD, by Stephanie Laite Lanham
Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War Spivey Larkin , 2007
The Impact of Globalization and Trans-Nationalism on the Hmong Dr. Gary Yia Lee Ph.D , 2009
Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War, edited by Marc Leepson with Helen Hannaford
Escaping the Tiger Laura Manivong, 2010
Eyewitness Books: Vietnam War by Stuart Murray
Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds by Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus
Brave Hearts Under Red Skies, by Jeff O'Leary
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, by John E. O'Neiell and Jerome R. Corsi
Glory Denied: The Saga of Vietnam Veteran Jim Thompson, America's Longest Held Prisoner of War, by Tom Philpott
Vietnam Voices: Perspectives on the War Years, 1941-1982, compiled by John Clark Pratt
Loas Caught in the Web: The Vietnam War Years by Judy Rantala
Professor P B. Lafont The Kingdom of Champa: Geography - Population - History English translation by Jay Scarborough
Every Marine 1968 A Battle for Go Noi Island Robert A. Simonsen, 2008
Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words by Larry Smith
The Vietnam War Experience, by Gerry and Janet Souter
To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry by ScottSwettand Tim Ziegler
Surviving Hell A POW's Journey Leo ThorsnessScott W. Johnson , 2011
Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007
Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007
Major General Vang Pao: an Illustration of His Remarkable Live by Noah Vang
The Tiger Man of Vietnam: The Remarkable Story of Australian War Hero Barry Peterson Frank Walker, 2009
By Duty Bound: Survival and Redemption in a Time of War, by Ezell Ware, Jr. and Joel Engel
Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko with John Weisman
Khmer Air Force

2
Photographs

2 photographs of Vietnam War memorials in the United States honoring veterans-VA067881, VA067882
1 photograph of two miltary leaders together-VA067883

Click here to view all Photographs
2
Maps

Section 12, Drawer 13: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand- National Geographic Society, 1967, 1:1,900,800
Top of Map Drawers: Colored Relief Map of Vietnam

Click here to view all Maps
1
Posters

1299museum4554- Section 12, Drawer 13-Shift boat PCF-70 poster

Click here to view all Posters
6
Museum Objects

1299museum3480 - American Flag Ribbon Magnet
1299museum1083 - William Westmoreland's Brigadier General's 'Quarters Flag'
1299museum4550- Lao Hmong American Coalition secret war patch
1299museum4551- P38 can opener
1299museum4552- Royal Laotian Armed Forces Medal
1299museum4553- Forward Air Controller Reunion Colorado Springs hand bag

Click here to view all Museum Objects
2
Electronic Media

RVN

1299EM0808 CD - The Forward Air Controllers Association FAC History Book (May 2004)

Click here to view all Electronic Media
50
Moving Images

1299VI2648 - DVD - Beautiful and Emotional Hmong Music, 28 July 2009
1299VI2759: DVD: Beyond the Wall: Honoring the Citizenship of American's Veterans
1299VI2649
1299VI2797 - DVD-For the Children Please Watch Me (2 copies)
1299VI2760
1299VI2798 - DVD-R: Hunted Like Animals (2 copies)
1299VI2761
1299VI2799
1299VI2800 - DVD - Journey from the Fall (3 copies)
1299VI2806: VHS: Lao Veterans of America, Inc. 10-12 May 2000
1299VI2801: DVD-R: Lu Doan USV
1299VI2802: DVD-R: Nehemiah Medical and Charitable Mission
1299VI2650- DVD-Returning Home
1299VI2804: DVD: Secret Wars: An Exit Strategy in Action
1299VI2571: DVD-Secret War in Laos, CIA
1299VI2803: DVD-R: SGU
1299VI2805: DVD-R: The Long Way Home Project
1299VI2557 DVD- U.S. Congressional Proclamation of the Lao Hmong Recognition Day, July 24, 2004
DVD - Vietnam: America's Conflict
DVD-We Always Come Back
1299VI3362-Gary Porter 'Portaits of Valor'- DVD-R
1299VI3363-Returning Home- DVD-R
1299VI3364a,b,c- Veterans History Project- DVD-R
1299VI3365-Vietnam's Unseen War-DVD-R
1299VI3366-The Long Way Home Project-DVD-R
1299VI3367-The Secret Wars-DVD-R
129968-USVAVA New Year's Parade-DVD-R
1299VI3369-William Lair WWII-DVD-R
1299VI3370a,b-William Lair Vietnam-DVD-R
1299VI3371-Honoring Freedom in America-DVD-R
1299VI3372-The Invisible Enemy-DVD-R
1299VI3373-Evacution from Da Nang-DVD-R
1299VI3374-General Vang Pao-DVD-R
1299VI3375-Di Tan-DVD-R
1299VI3376-Lao-Hmong American Coalition-DVD-R
1299VI3377-USVAVA Trip to the Midway Museum-DVD-R
1299VI3379-Legends of Air Combat Jets over Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3380-The Betrayal-DVD
1299VI3381- Vietnam in HD-DVD
1299VI3382-Heart of Darkness-DVD
1299VI3383-Goodbye Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3384-Apocalyspe in the Jungle-DVD
1299VI3385-The Fall of Saigon-DVD
1299VI3386- Rescue Dawn-DVD
1299VI3387-Vietnam War Stories-DVD
1299VI3388-Battlefield Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3389-Helping the Disabled Orphans-DVD
1299VI3390-Vietnam The Battles-DVD
1299VI3391-Battleground Vietnam-DVD
1299VI3392-Battleground Vietnam Fighting Forces-DVD

Click here to view all Moving Images
1
Audio

1299AU2461: CD-R: Audio Recording of theJohn Duffy Rescue of Survivors from the 11th Viet Parachute Battalion in Kontum during the Easter Offensive, 15 April 1972

Click here to view all Audio
3
Newsletters

LHAC Newsletter Lao-Hmong American Coalition, Winter 2008
NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), December 2007
NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), February 2008

Click here to view all Newsletters
9
Serials

Newsweek, 16 November 2009
Smithsonian, March 2008
Veterans Magazine, April 2008
Vietnam, October 2009
Vietnam, December 2009
United States of America Veterans Magazine, April 2008
Dac San: September 2010
Nguyet San KBC: 2011: September, November, December
2012: January, February
Military: WWII, Korea, Viet-Nam, Cold War & Today: 2016: October, December; 2017: January

Click here to view all Serials

Pub Credit Line
12990000000, Joseph V. Potter Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 08 Mar 2004 [Updated: 28 Jan 2019]