Cpl. Archer returns home

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Members of the United States Army carry the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Robert Gene Archer. The funeral for Cpl. Archer will take place Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for noon-8 p.m., at French Funeral Home, Friday.

On Tuesday, Clay County residents came out in droves to honor an Army Corporal.

The remains of Army Cpl. Robert Gene Archer were brought home Tuesday afternoon.

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.

His body was never discovered, but recently, his remains were recovered.

For Jim Archer, who is Cpl. Archer's nephew, and the remaining family, Tuesday's ceremony brought closure.

"It feels really good that he is home," Jim said Tuesday while at French Funeral Home. I think (French Funeral Home) has done a good job being prepared for this.

"We all are just really grateful that he has been brought home."

Jim's father, Arthur Archer, had sent a blood sample to Army officials in 2002 to help with locating Cpl. Archer.

Earlier this year, Jim received the news that Cpl. Archer's remains had been identified.

The remains were flown from Honolulu to Atlanta before being flown to Indianapolis Tuesday.

From there, officials with French Funeral Home drove the remains back to Brazil. They were escorted by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil Police Department and American Legion Riders.

Services for Cpl. Archer will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., 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.

Visitation has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, from noon-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Funeral home representatives also recently told The Brazil Times Larry Eckhardt, also known as "The Flag Man," will be in Brazil Friday at 1 p.m., to help place flags along the funeral procession route.

Volunteers are needed to help place the flags.

For more information or to volunteer help place flags, call 446-2206.

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  • Finally home, brother in Arms...been a long, long deployment, R.I.P. now!

    SCPO, US Navy.

    -- Posted by fastcharger on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 1:18 PM
  • Thank you for your heartfelt service Cpl. Archer. So glad you are back in your hometown. God Bless you!

    -- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 10:37 AM
  • I am so glad another one of our warriors has made the long journey home. So many never will. I want to personally thank Pappy's BBQ. Out of respect, he did not open until 1:00 p.m. after the service was over.

    -- Posted by keith on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 4:03 PM
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