Marvin Archer

Marvin Archer

By Christine Baldwin, AFRH-W Librarian Marvin Archer was born in Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld, Germany. He attended German School for five years and then came to the states in 1959. He spent his Freshman and Sophomore years in High School in Verdun, France, where he got to live in a dorm. Marvin ended up finishing High School in Fayetteville, NC. In 1967, he received a letter from “Uncle Sam” and decided that he wanted to do something different from his father, so he joined the US Air Force. He took his Basic Training at Amarillo AFB, TX and completed Inventory Management Tech School. He spent four years at Homestead AFB, FL. He then left the Air Force, but decided to re-enlist in 1971. After serving 18 months at McGuire AFB, NJ; Marvin went to Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam, where he spent the last three months of the Vietnam War. Next, he went to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Marvin finally made it back to his “first Home” when he was sent to Germany at Hahn Air Force Base. Now, he could travel and see the country. He was also able to ski in Austria over Christmas one year and remembers the picturesque beauty. It was in Germany that Marvin was assigned to Stock Control and Demand Processing, where he maintained item accountability from a computer. His next assignment took him to The Pentagon, where he did requisitioning of parts and supplies for the Air Force Data Service Center. Marvin then went to Lackland AFB, TX, where he heard of an interesting special assignment at Fairchild Aircraft Company in Long Island, New York. He thoroughly enjoyed this assignment, working on the T-46a Trainer. He was also able to go to Wright Patterson AFB, OH, where he took classes in Acquisition and Provisions at the AF Institute of Technology. He worked in RILSA (Resident Integrated Logistic Support Analyses) reviewing data that the contractor provided. Marvin returned to Lackland AFB in 1986, where he retired from the military in 1988. Marvin worked in private industries next, including a car dealership, where he oversaw that parts were delivered to customers and repair shops. He retired from this in 2005. He knew about AFRH since the time he was at The Pentagon, when a friend told him that he was going to retire there. After being on the list for several months, Marvin decided to move into AFRH-W in September of 2014.