Forth Smith, Arkansas by John Espinoza
Fred Potter now has the Marine Corps, Army, and Army National Guard discharge that he honorably earned. Judge David H. McCormick, Arkansas 15th Judicial Circuit, Division 2 Scott County, had ordered that the records and all of Fred Potter’s personal artifacts and other items be sold in a auction April 20, 2019.
A national campaign by Veterans March and led by Thomas Hudson, “The Walking Veteran” had called for veterans from all over the country to contact the judge’s office and respectfully request that the court return his military honors. “Fred Potter wrote a blank check to this country payable up to giving his life. No one or any institution should ever deny a veteran the evidence of his service and sell them in a public auction like it is no big deal,” said Thomas Hudson.
The meeting with Mayor George McGill of Fort Smith, Arkansas who is a Vietnam Era Army Veteran was delighted to formally present the service discharge to Fred Potter. “You wouldn’t think that they would treat a veteran that way,” said Mayor McGill referring to the injustice done towards a 89 year old Korean War Veteran in the Potter V. Holmes case. The meeting was arraigned by Thomas Hudson who serves as the Veterans March Justice For Fred Potter Operations Director.
The records had been returned per court order for auction. Due to overwhelming public outcry Jack Skinner who represents Cassaundra Holmes had the items delivered to Fred Potter’s attorney’s office.
The property that was returned had included a picture of Fred’s uncle, Wess Potter, who served in the Army during World War I. The Potter family has a rich history of service in the armed forces. Fred’s older brother, Stan Potter, who is 92 years old had also served in the Army. Other items included were awards, certificates, military medals, clothing, family photos and other miscellaneous items.
Last year, Veterans March had authorized the Justice For Fred Potter investigation and operation which included Veterans Walk in Solidarity. June 3, 2018 veterans from five different states and leading veterans across Arkansas had merged in Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas in a show of solidarity.
Hudson said: “Although this is a day of joy for all veterans to see their brother hold his discharge once again, we will not stop with our campaign until complete justice is done for our brother and fellow veteran.”