His remains were not recovered at the time of his death.
Nearly 62 years after his death, Corporal Archer will be returned to his home town Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
He was born March 17, 1931, the son of George and Alice Archer.
He had attended Meridian Street Elementary School, Brazil High School and later Staunton High School.
He worked at Mohr's Garage in Brazil before enlisting 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.
He was taken prisoner by the Communist Chinese-North Koreans Dec. 2, 1950, and later died.
Corporal Archer was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, The Prisoner of War Medal, The Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
He was followed in death by his parents George and Alice Archer, sisters Beulah Stultz, Audrey Morland, Ruth Parr and Olive May Tribble, and brothers Arthur and Norman E. Archer.
He is survived by his niece Delores Vinzant, Georgia, nephew James Archer, Brazil, as well as several additional nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services for Corporal Robert Gene Archer will be at French Funeral Home Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Chuck McMichael officiating.
Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery, with full military honors provided by members of the United States Army.
The community is invited and encouraged to pay their respect to Cpl. Archer Friday, from noon-8 p.m.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.