WWI RPPC Photo – Amputee Soldier Poses w/ Friends in Paris Hospital

Clark B. Potter (at center) was born on October 3rd, 1891 in Kimball, Brule County, South Dakota; eventually landing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clark went on to serve as an officer with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Division during WWI. He was wounded by friendly fire in August of 1918 during the Battle of Fismes (Second Battle of the Marne) where he was sent to a hospital for the remainder of the war. This incredible photo of Clark posing in a Paris photo studio on Christmas Day, 1918 includes two other wounded soldiers of different regiments.  Of interest is the leg-amputee who seems to be keeping his jolly composure during the photo; an additional veteran attempts to pick Clark’s pocket during the photo, adding a bit of joviality to what should be a somber photo.


Clark and Friends in December of 1918


Clark Potter’s WWII Draft Registration


University of Michigan Class of 1919 Entry


Clark’s WWI Company posed after the war (he was still in the hospital)


Clark’s 126th Infantry Regiment Roster Entry


Clark as a Child (from ancestry.com)



2 thoughts on “WWI RPPC Photo – Amputee Soldier Poses w/ Friends in Paris Hospital

    • I’ve given unwatermarked versions to authors, researchers and family members for years. When a $14.99 copy of a photo from my site pops up on eBay it gets a bit annoying. I paid over $150 for this postcard….

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