Remains of local soldier captured during Korean War returned to Indiana

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The remains of an Indiana soldier who was taken prisoner during the Korean War were returned to his home state Tuesday.

Cpl. Robert Gene Archer of Brazil, Ind. was captured by the Chinese and North Koreans during the Korean War on Dec. 2, 1950.  Cpl. Archer, 22 years old at the time, died while being held as a prisoner.  Officials believe he died around Feb. 28, 1951.

Tuesday, officials with the Danville American Legion Post 118 ALR and the honor guard from Fort Knox, Ky. welcomed the soldier home at the Indianapolis International Airport and escorted the remains to a funeral home in Brazil, Ind.

Cpl. Archer served as a light truck driver and infantryman for the U.S. Army.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Cpl. Archer will be held at the French Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m.  The burial will follow at the Summit Lawn Cemetery.  He will be buried with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army.


  • micahbennett1

    may you rest in peace after over 60 years of being away from home so long and my condolences to the family.

  • Noel hAMBLIN

    As being the Daughter of a Korean War Vet … My condolences go out to the family of this fellow soldier family

    • M.Marcum USNavy Vet.

      Ma'am there are so many men still missing from all of the wars that we have fought in. There are so many that not all of them will be found and returned home. There are thousands of them. It is an ALMOST impossible job to find a pile of bones out in the middle of the jungle in the middle of now where. Hats of to the men and women doing that job.

      RIP Cpl Archer. Fair winds and Following Seas Young man.

  • Di Shockley

    Cpl Robert Archer is my maternal grandmothers cousin. my mother said they were told back then that he was MIA … I haven't spoke with other family who are much closer to the situation than myself ..however we are certainly grateful for his return and honored to have laid to rest in his hometown along side his family where he may finally be at peace! As a motorcyclist enthusistic, I personally have escorted other fallen soldiers and in light of Cpl Roberts return was elated to know that he also had an escort home after arriving at the airport. God Bless each and every VET!! past present and future that we may live free!! R.I.P. Cpl Robert and WELCOME HOME.

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