|Date and Place of Birth:||January 1, 1919 Plymouth, PA|
|Date and Place of Death:||June 15, 1944 Normandy, France|
|Military Unit:||Company C, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, US Army|
|Area Served:||European Theater of Operations|
Emil "Bish" Potzer was born on January 1, 1919 in
Plymouth, Pennsylvania. Plymouth was a coal mining area and money was
scarce for the Potzer family. Yet, the high school standout athlete
earned a degree from Rutgers University, working at a bar in a hotel to
earn his way. "[He] knocked himself out to get a college education,"
remembers classmate Leonard Weissburg. "[Emil was] just a generally nice
At Rutgers, Potzer played varsity baseball and football and was an ROTC cadet. He entered the Army immediately upon graduating in May 1943 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in September 1943.
By mid-1944, Potzer was a first lieutenant serving with Company C, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division in France. He was killed in action just nine days after landing in France on June 15, 1944.
First Lieutenant Potzer is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.
Some of this information was obtained from the Oral History Archives of Rutgers University.
Date Added February 5, 2013
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