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Area officials provide update on Cpl. Archer

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Editor's Note: French Funeral Home officials stated Larry Eckhardt, also known as "The Flag Man," is scheduled to be in Brazil Friday, Feb. 8, to place flags along the funeral route for Cpl. Robert Archer.

Officials with French Funeral Home recently informed The Brazil Times the remains of Cpl. Robert Archer will arrive at the Indianapolis Airport 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 to Brazil along United States 40 back to French Funeral Home. Officials said they expect to be back in Brazil close to 2 p.m., Tuesday.

Officials have stated the Brazil Fire Department will hoist the city's garrison flag across National Avenue and Harrison Street in honor of Cpl. Archer.

French Funeral Home representative Nick French also recently told The Brazil Times Larry Eckhardt, also known as "The Flag Man," is scheduled to be in Brazil Friday, Feb. 8, to place flags along the funeral route.

It was recently learned that Cub Scout Pack 45 will also help with the flags, but more volunteers will be needed.

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 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.

Cpl. Archer was awarded several awards for his service during the Korean War, including the Prisoner of War Medal.

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 has stated the community is invited to visitation Friday, Feb. 8, from noon-8 p.m.

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Please all of Brazil ! The World is watching you ! This is another example of what Brazil Indiana has to be proud of. Men such as CPL. Archer that have given that ultimate sacrifice to protect the our freedom> Thank You Cpl. Archer for your service and Prayers to Cpl. Archers Family, whom have waited to welcome you HOME ! Some have passed and are with you in that escort Home, and others are there to welcome you home.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 6:34 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 9:06 PM

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