Walter Potoshnik (1919 - 2000)

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Burial / Funeral

Tahoma National Cemetery
Section 25 Site 1171,
18600 Se 240th St, Kent, Wa

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Everett, Snohomish County, Washington

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: TEC5
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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1919 - In the year that Walter Potoshnik was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

1922 - He was merely 3 years old when on James Joyce's 40th birthday, his book Ulysses was published in France. The book covers the experiences of an Irishman in Dublin on an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Now considered a classic, it was controversial at the time. Due to some sexual content, the book was banned in the U.S. during the 1920's and the U.S. Post Office destroyed 500 copies of the novel.

1949 - At the age of 30 years old, Walter was alive when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

1954 - When he was 35 years old, on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

1965 - At the age of 46 years old, Walter was alive when from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

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Walter Potoshnik passed away on September 19, 2000 at 81 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. He was buried in Tahoma National Cemetery Section 25 Site 1171, Kent, Wa. He was born on January 19, 1919. We have no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Potoshnik had been residing in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.

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