Archer, Richard Charles, MM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1964-1967, MM-0000, USS Mansfield (DD-728)
Service Years
1964 - 1967
MM-Machinists Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hyannis, MA
Last Address
Hyannis, MA

Casualty Date
Sep 25, 1967
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oak Neck Cemetery - Hyannis, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 008 / Section 1, Lot 3

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 Tributes from Members  
Richard C Archer Memorial tribute posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 437
VVMF Tributes posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 437
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Mansfield (DD-728)
  1964-1967, MM-0000, USS Mansfield (DD-728)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/Operation Sea Dragon
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 26, 1967, Red Shore Guns Hit Destroyer Mansfield
  Sep 12, 2019, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 25 September 1967, MANSFIELD was one of several destroyers conducting SEA DRAGON operations along the North Vietnam coastline in the vicinity of Dong Hoi. After a north-to-south firing run, the Officer in Tactical Command ordered a starboard 180 degree turn in preparation for a south-to-north run, bringing the ships closer to the shoreline on a track parallel to the earlier N/S run.
MM2 Archer's General Quarters assignment was with a damage control party (Repair 5) positioned amidships.

During the second run, North Vietnamese shore batteries responded vigorously. A single shell hit MANSFIELD at the base of her #1 stack, causing minor damage to the ship. MANSFIELD silenced the shore battery ... but Petty Officer Archer was dead and two of his shipmates were seriously injured.
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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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