Local Tuskegee Airman Rudolph “Val” Archer dies at age of 91

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The Atlanta Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen is mourning the loss of one of its own. Rudolph “Val” Archer died Saturday at the age of 91, the chapter announced this weekend.

Archer is survived by his wife Victoria, their two daughters and family. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Born in Chicago April 13, 1929, Archer tried to enlist with a friend in the Marine Corps and U.S. Navy at the age of 15. The two friends were told to come back when they turned 18 but ended up enlisting in the Army.

Following his basic and technical training, Archer was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Archer served as an airplane mechanic and aircraft instrument specialist from Jan. 1946 until Sept. 1949. His whole military career with Army and U.S. Air Force spanned throughout World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

Archer spoke with the Atlanta History Center several times over the years about his experience in World War II for the center’s Veterans History Project. In a 2015 interview, Archer spoke about the Tuskegee Airmen’s origins, the racism they encountered and his assignments during the war.

Anyone who wishes to send a card and condolences to the Archer family may send them to ACTAI: DOTA Val Archer Memory P.O. Box 161824 Atlanta, Georgia 30321.