Fallen: October 3, 2004
Sergeant Christopher S. Potts of Tiverton, RI was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard, Providence, RI. He became a RI fallen hero on Oct. 3, 2004 when his unit, which was conducting traffic-control operations, was attacked by small-arms fire in Taji, Iraq.
A Rhode Island National Guardsman was killed during an attack by insurgents as he manned a traffic-control post in Iraq, the Guard announced Monday.
Sgt. Christopher Potts was killed on his 38th birthday, in a firefight sparked when an unknown number of insurgents attacked the traffic post in Taji, about 13 miles north of Baghdad in the so-called Sunni Triangle.
“This is a sad day for our state, for our Guard, and an enormously sad day for Christopher’s family,” said Gov. Don Carcieri during an announcement of Potts’ death at the Guard headquarters.
Potts was a member of Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery based in Providence. The Tiverton resident 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.
Potts is survived by his wife and two sons. “He was a United States soldier, certainly characteristic of the best soldiers we have,” described his Commanding General.