Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

January 30, 2013

Corporal Robert Gene Archer


— Corporal Robert Gene Archer of Brazil died while being held as a prisoner of war serving in North Korea on or about Feb. 28, 1951. He was 22.

Born March 17, 1931, he was a son of Alice and George 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 U.S. 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 on Dec. 2, 1950, and later died.

Survivors include a niece, Delores Vinzant of Georgia; a nephew, James Archer of Brazil; as well as several additional nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Alice Archer; sisters Beulah Stultz, Audrey Morland, Ruth Parr, and Olive May Tribble; and brothers Arthur and Norman E. Archer.

Services are 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at French Funeral Home in Brazil with the Rev. Chuck McMichael officiating. Interment with full military honors provided by members of the U.S. Army will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.

Calling is from noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.