Dennis Michael Poteat
Sergeant, United States Army
Dennis Michael Poteat was born on May 28, 1942 and joined the Armed Forces while in Marion, North Carolina.
He served in the United States Army, Squad 3, 5th United States Cavalry. In 6 years of service, he attained the rank of Sergeant, He began a tour of duty in Vietnam on December 1, 1967.
On March 30, 1968, at the age of 25, Dennis Michael Poteat perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri.
March 30 1968
First phase of “TASK FORCE KILO” begins. Gio Linh, Quang Tri Province, I Corps.
Task Force KILO launches diversionary attack along Gio Linh coastal plain to divert attention away from Ca Lu where 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Marines are staging for Operation PEGASUS. Task Force Kilo, made up of the 2nd Battalion, 1st ARVN Regiment pushes north from Kong Ha on a search and destroy sweep through the Gio Lenh Coastal Plain between the Cua Viet River and the DMZ. Task Force Kilo confirms 150 NVA KIAs the first day of the operation.
30 March - C Troop, 3rd/5th Cavalry finds entrenched
NVA. 10 US KIA. KIAs include: Patrick Kevin Burke, 1st Lt. Peter Joseph
Gallo, Capt. Roy Lee Griffin, Jr. (USMC), George Edward Grubbs, Bert Austin
Keeler, James Earl Morse, Dennis Michael Poteat, Charles E. Shaw, Stephen
Max Wiggins, and Wilbur Leo Williams, Jr.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Williams
POTEAT, DENNIS M
SSG TRP C 3D SQDN, 5TH ARMD CAS U.S.A.
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/28/1942
DATE OF DEATH: 03/30/1968
BURIED AT: SECTION 46 SITE 515
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 4 January 2002 Updated: 19 February 2002 Updated: 8 July 2003 Updated: 12 July 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 27 June 2003