Remains returned 07/15/96, ID 05/29/03

Name: Kent B. Potter
Rank/Branch: CIV/UPI Photographer
Date of Birth: CA 1948 Philadelphia PA
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 10 February 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Missing, Presumed Dead
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Uh-1
REFNO: X001-0-03

Other Personnel in Incident: Four photographers: Larry Burrows, 44, of Life
magazine; Henri Huet, 43, of The Associated Press; Kent Potter, 24, United
Press International, and Keizaburo Shimamoto, 34, of Newsweek, a South
Vietnamese army photographer, two senior officers and the four-man crew.

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. 2020



                                                                           [ap0322.98 03/22/98]
Laos 1971 Crash Scene Searched
The Associated Press

BAN ALANG, Laos (AP) - A team of nine Americans and some 80 Laotian
workers dug deep into a steep mountainside Saturday where a helicopter
was shot down 28 years ago, killing four news photographers covering the
Vietnam War....

EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard Pyle was AP Vietnam's bureau chief at the time
of the crash.




Jesse Stephan, center, of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency speaks to Newseum officials at a ceremony Jan. 14, just before hand-carrying a ...





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On January 10, 2003, Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) identified the remains of Kent Bibble Potter, missing from the Vietnam War.

Mr. Potter was a combat photographer with United Press International. On February 10, 1971, he was aboard a UH-1H Iroquois that was shot down in Savannakhet Province, Laos. Mr. Potter was killed in the crash, and his remains could not be recovered at the time due to enemy activity in the area. After the war, joint U.S. and Laotian search teams investigated the loss of Mr. Potter's Iroquois, recovering remains from the helicopter's suspected crash site in 1998. Eventually, U.S. analysts identified the remains to be those of the Iroquois's crew and passengers, including Mr. Potter. 

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