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Update on Cpl. Archer

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cpl. Robert Archer
Officials with French Funeral Home recently informed The Brazil Times that the remains of Cpl. Robert Archer will arrive at the Indianapolis Airport at approximately 11:49 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5.

From there, the funeral coach will be escorted to meet the aircraft and receive Cpl. Archer.

The funeral coach will then be escorted back to the Indianapolis Airport Cell Phone Parking Lot where it will be joined by the rest of the procession.

According to officials, the route from Indianapolis will be Ronald Reagan Parkway to United States 40 and then back to French Funeral Home.

French Funeral Home representative Nick French also recently told The Times Larry Eckhardt, also known as "The Flag Man," managed to find a way to work it into his schedule and will be in Brazil for Cpl. Archer's funeral.

French said volunteers are needed to help place flags along the funeral route.

Eckhardt made an appearance in Brazil in June 2012 to help place flags along the funeral procession route for Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, in Afghanistan.

In 1950, Cpl. Archer, then 22, was reported 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.

While in the United States Army, Cpl. Archer served as a light truck driver and an infantryman with the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

Services for Cpl. Archer will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck McMichael officiating.

Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with full military honors provided by members of the United States Army.

French Funeral Home officials stated the community is invited to visitation Friday, Feb. 8, from noon-8p.m.

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Please keep us informed as to when volunteers will need to meet to place Flags. This will be a much harder task with the ground being frozen so will need plenty of people and more sledge hammers for putting hole in the ground for the flag poles.

-- Posted by MS440 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 8:40 PM

I live in Indianapolis and was wondering if I could help in any way? Please let me know.

-- Posted by dgarrigus44 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 7:29 PM

We will be at cell phone lot at 11:00 am to await his arrival,INPGR will escort him back to Brazil I'd you would like to stand flag line to honor this hero please join us.

Feb 5.2012 @ 11:00

-- Posted by INPGR on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 4:38 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 9:38 PM

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