Born: October 3, 1966 in Rockville, Connecticut
Died: October 3, 2004 in Taji, Iraq FR
Sgt. Christopher S. Potts of Tiverton, Rhode Island had been in the Guard for 14 years. In civilian life, he worked as a marine mechanic at New England Boatworks, a yacht builder and marina operator in Portsmouth. If Christopher was out and about, you could bet his 2-year-old son was there, too. They would shovel snow together, ride the lawnmower together even when the grass didn’t need to be cut, or take a ride in Daddy’s truck. He relished time spent with his family and played third base with the Steel Horse Saloon softball team of Middletown. He enjoyed fishing, though his older son would say that his dad had the “Potts’ curse” when it came to actually catching anything. He also liked to play a round of golf if he wasn´t on his “Dirt Bike” having fun. Christophers’ unit, had already conducted a TCP, and was conducting a regular combat patrol when they rolled into a meeting of insurgents, the lookout for them saw the convoy and fired a warning burst to let everyone else know, the troops, along with the Iraqi National Guard troops that was with them dismounted and engaged. they got pinned down, Chris moved around the berm he was in to try and get a shot at the machine gunner that had them pinned down, he got hit in the stomach with a burst from the PKC, which is their version of our m-60, Rusty saw him go down, dropped his rifle, grabbed his medic bag, and without even thinking ran after him, the sniper got him, one shot to the throat, and one to the left eye, he never knew what hit him. He is survived by his wife, Terri, and two sons, Christopher Jr., and Jackson. He is the fourth Rhode Island National Guardsman to be killed in Iraq. He is the 10th Rhode Islander to be killed in military-related action in that country since the invasion in March 2003. He was killed when his unit, which was conducting traffic-control operations, was attacked by small-arms fire in Taji, Iraq. It was his 38th birthday.
103rd Field Artillery Regiment
Rhode Island Army National Guard
Providence, Rhode Island
Burial is at Trinity Cemetery in Portsmouth, Rhode Island