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.

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