2019 Potts Award Recipients

Bruce Dougherty
Bruce Dougherty
(posthumous)
James Elder
James Elder
Barry Grabel
Barry Grabel

 

Potts Award Recipients

  • 2017: Lt. Col. Edwin Price Ramsey ‘37 (Posthumous)
  • 2016: James Morrison ’52
  • 2013: Dr. Larry Rice
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  • 2007: Dr. Danette Boyle | Colonel John Horne

About Lt. General William E. Potts, ‘41

Lt. General William E. Potts

Lt. General William E. Potts, a native of Heavener, Oklahoma attended the Oklahoma Military Academy with distinction and honor from 1937 to 1941. Upon his graduation from the Academy, he entered the armed forces of the United States in service to his country and in the course of his service suffered grievous wounds in battle.

Potts participated in 15 campaigns, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Although he was 19 when he completed his military training, he was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant within six weeks of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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During his 33 years of military service his gallantry, dedication and devotion to duty were recognized by the awarding to him of fifty decorations from seven nations. His lifetime of dedicated and selfless service has brought distinction, not only to himself, but also to Rogers State University and to the legacy and memory of the Oklahoma Military Academy.

In recognition of and appreciation for this lifetime of service, Lt. General William E. Potts was selected as the first inductee into the Oklahoma Military Academy Hall of Fame and was inducted on June 16, 1984. Potts was the highest ranking alumnus from OMA.

General Potts passed away on August 17, 2005 and shortly after that time the OMA Alumni Association and RSU established the prestigious Lt. General William E. Potts Award of Excellence