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Remains of Cpl. Archer returning to Clay County

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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The remains of Cpl. Robert Gene Archer will return home to Brazil Feb. 5.
The family of Army Cpl. Robert Gene Archer can rest now.

Recently, United States Army officials notified family members that the remains of Cpl. Archer had been identified and were coming home.

In 1950, Cpl. Archer, an infantryman, was reported as missing in action during the Korean War.

However, it was later learned he had been taken prisoner by Chinese military in North Korea.

In 1951, it was reported by The Brazil Times that Cpl. Archer died of malnutrition.

But his body was never discovered. Until now.

Brazil resident Jim Archer, who is Cpl. Archer's nephew, was notified approximately two months ago that remains of United States soldiers had been discovered.

Unbeknownst to Jim, his father, Arthur Archer, had sent a blood sample to army officials in 2002 to help with locating Cpl. Archer.

"It was kind of a big shock," Jim said Tuesday during an interview with The Times.

Jim said he received confirmation from officials just a few weeks ago that the remains were of Cpl. Archer.

"I wanted (Cpl. Archer) brought back to have a good funeral," Jim said. "He was one of the guys who served our country."

The remains -- according to Jim -- are currently in Honolulu and will be flown to Atlanta next week.

According to French Funeral Home officials, the remains will then be flown to Indianapolis Feb. 5, and brought to Brazil.

French Funeral Home officials stated visitation times and funeral arrangements are pending.

Jim said Cpl. Archer, his father Arthur and another uncle, Norman, all volunteered for the military at approximately the same time.

Jim's father died in 2009.

"He probably would have been overjoyed (after hearing the news)," Jim said.

Jim was 5 when he learned of his uncle's death. Throughout the years, the family talked little of the situation.

"I never really thought about it. I never really talked about it," he said. "I had seen the (photographs) and I got them when my father passed away."

According to an article, which was printed in The Brazil Times in 1951, Cpl. Archer's mother, Alice Archer, received news that her son had died of malnutrition about Feb. 28, 1951.

The article stated Alice received an official letter from the adjutant general of the Army, Wm. E. Bergin. The letter reported two fellow prisoners of war who had been released verified the death of Cpl. Archer, then 22.

Bergin ended the letter by stating, "I sincerely regret that this message must carry so much sorrow into your home and I hope that in time you may find sustaining comfort in knowing that he served his country honorably. My deepest sympathy is extended to you in your bereavement."

According to the article, Cpl. Archer attended Meridian Street School, Brazil High School and later Staunton High School.

He had been employed at Mohr's Garage in Brazil before joining the military.

Cpl. Archer was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment and 7th Infantry Division.

He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.


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Welcome Home At Last... May God "Bless you and your Family".

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 6:57 PM

are any organizations planing on a escort from indy to brazil?

-- Posted by nobob on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 9:29 PM

Post 2 American Legion Riders have been asked to do the escort.

-- Posted by driverdude on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 10:09 PM

I think someone needs to contact the Flagman again. This Soldier needs the same respect as they gave the last one.

-- Posted by MS440 on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 7:45 AM

Yes, welcome home although I would bet he has been home with the Lord for a long time. Contacting the flagman would be a great idea. Please keep us up to date on plans as they transpire.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 8:56 AM

An escort and full honors and respect should indeed be given. I am sure that this is such a relief for the Archer family, to know that their loved one will finally be "back home in Brazil".

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:46 AM

What a tribute to a fallen soldier. Welcome home, CPL.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:01 AM

Thank you Cpl. Archer for your service and Ultimate Sacrifice ! Prayers to the Family of Cpl. Archer and another fine example of what our home town of Brazil Indiana is all about. Americans that believe in supporting our Country and Our Troops. GOD Bless !

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 1:28 PM

God bless you family of Cpl. Archer. Closure can be very comforting. Rest in peace good Cpl. Archer.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 9:38 PM

ALR & Indiana Patriot Guard will be escorting this hero home. Also their will be a flag line at the funeral home if anyone wants to join please be at Funeral by 10:30 all welcome to stand in Honor.

-- Posted by INPGR on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 4:33 PM

This is per the article on WTHI-TV website about the flags to be placed along the Funeral route. For anyone wanting to help here is the info:

Organizers are also asking for volunteers to help place flags along the route from the funeral home to the cemetery. Those volunteers are asked to meet at 1 p.m. Friday at French Funeral Home.

-- Posted by MS440 on Mon, Feb 4, 2013, at 9:08 PM


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