After graduating from University of Cincinnati Medical school in 1941 he immediately went on active duty with the U.S. Army Air Force as a Captain. By 1944 he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
State side flight surgeon training assignments included Lowrey Field in Denver and Randolph Field in San Antonio. Eventually assigned to Alamogordo, New Mexico and to Langley, Virginia to work with flight surgeon teams treating wounded and maintaining flight crews’ airworthiness.
Shipped out to the 8th Air Force in the European Theater in April of 1944 and served in the London area. Eventually and fortunately transferred to Sweden where he was able to serve as the Chief Medical Officer in the country that maintained neutrality. There he treated all Allied and Axis Power pilots who flew their crippled planes to Sweden so as not to be captured by the respective enemies.
Penicillin was the new wonder drug of that era and LTC Potter had control of the inventory. Naturally he was very popular with all of the downed flight crews and the locals.
Other than this photo of LTC Potter in his uniform, the only souvenir from the war is a Luger that he removed from a German pilot.
He returned home to Toledo, OH, where he hung his shingle in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the years Dr. Potter delivered 5000 babies in Lucas County, OH and with wife Mary raised two daughters and one son who eventually served in Vietnam.