September 7, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – March 29, 1943; 21 years old
Last local address: 103 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport
Registered for the draft on February 16, 1942
Enlisted October 1, 1942
Service number 6426433
Received on board the USS Stockton (DD-646) on January 31, 1943
Born to William C. (1890-1971) and Clara E. Archer (1891-1963). Three brothers, Charles W. (1914-1960), Edward T. (1918-1995), and Clarence (1920-1993). Two sisters, Dorothy M. (1922-199) and Effie M. (1926-2013).
Received on board the USS Stockton (DD-646) on January 31, 1943. It is unclear why Seaman Archer was home on furlough right after getting on his first ship.
From The Hartford Courant, March 31, 1943
BRIDGEPORT SAILOR ENDS LIFE
Bridgeport, March 30 – (AP) – Seaman Walter Archer, 21, son of Mrs. Clara E. Archer of 103 Clinton Avenue, died in Bridgeport Hospital late last night after police said he drank a quantity of poison. He had been spending a furlough at his home.
Buried at Pine Island Cemetery, Crescent Street, Norwalk. Photos by webmaster.