The database page for Richard Charles Archer
THE MEMORIALAs scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop 1958 to 1960, I was privileged to meet the young Richard. He was a fine boy, well liked by all in his troop. I had been away from scouting for a little over four years and had some catching up to do on some of the new methods in scouting. As my Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, "Dick" was a big help to me. The handsome, young man in my memory looks much like this - 1964 Barnstable High School graduation portrait.
After moving away from the Cape in 1960, I lost touch with Richard, but did hear from friends on the Cape that he had joined the Navy. Moving back here in 1980, I learned he had been killed in Nam and he was the first man from the Town Of Barnstable killed in the Vietnam War.
In 1990 I visited the Moving Wall upon its visit to Hyannis and found his name inscribed on it. The memories of him brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. My thoughts were why and how did this fine lad die at such a young age, before he could really live his life.
I have been fortunate to have found and corresponded with several men who served with him. I also located his father, Arthur, still living nearby, who graciously invited me to visit.
Richard has been honored in numerous ways by shipmates, friends, and the government.
THE COMPLETE MEMORIAL TO
A memorial from his friend, |
28 Mar 2001
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Photographs annd text taken from Jake's original website.
With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)