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Jeanne Poteete Liesch
Waves, U.S. Navy
World War II

LTJG Alan Poteete
U.S. Navy
Korean War

LT Edward Heitz
U.S. Naval Air Force

Sgt Mark Lowery Poteete
U.S. Marines


Dana Proffitt Pietszak

U.S. Air Force

Julia Proffitt Rochambeau

U.S. Air Force


In memory of David Purdie, son of Bob & Monteen Purdie. Born May 19, 1946. David's tour of duty in the Marine Corps began on December 30, 1967. He was a ground casualty in Quang Nam Province, South VietNam by enemy small arms fire on Friday, August 23, 1968. He was 22 at the time of his death. His serial number was 2235359 and he is remembered on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. (Panel 47W-Row 052).

You may post a remembrance of David on the Virtual Wall, and view what others have written. Go to David Purdie

The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The performance of the act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from his comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances. Awards will be made only to recognize single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement and will not be made in recognition of sustained operational activities against an armed enemy. The award letter for Max Poteete states: "In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Poteete maintained his plane on course, thereby enabling his bombardier to release his bombs with precision accuracy on a vital enemy bridge. Lieutenant Poteete's outstanding leadership and ability have been marked value to our campaign in the Mediterranean Theater." By the end of the war in Europe, Max had flown 68 combat missions, and had been promoted to Captain.

Read more about Max's military service at The Military Record of Max Poteete
Max's name is also engraved on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Virginia. To find the location of his name go to Smithsonian and click on "Find an Honoree's name" and just enter his name for the exact location on the wall.
The Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial was dedicated on October 27, 2010, at March Field (formerly March Air Force Base) in Riverside during the convention of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Max's name is on the second tier of the Memorial.

Captain Max Poteete
Army Air Corps
Awarded Distinguished
Flying Cross in World War II