CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) – A Chesterfield soldier’s items are finally coming home. Sergeant William V. Archer served in World War I with the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Unit, and years later his personal belongings were discovered and returned to the Chesterfield Historical Society.
Archer’s nameplates, rosary and postcards were donated by “Purple Hearts Reunited”. The organization tried to locate the living members of the sergeant’s family, but could not.
“He deserves to have a place where people will remember him and the sacrifice he made to this country,” said Erin Faith Allen, Purple Hearts Reunited. “If we can’t find the family, we donate it to a place that values its history and will honor its memory. “
This is not the first time the two organizations have worked together in memory of Archer. In 2018, the sergeant’s purple heart was discovered after it was sold on eBay. Purple Hearts Reunited donated the Purple Heart to the Chesterfield Historical Society.
“Any piece of history we can get is a treasure,” said David Limmer, a volunteer with the Chesterfield Historical Society. “Future generations can learn from the past and we must make sure our veterans are never forgotten. “
The Chesterfield Historical Society intends to exhibit the objects recently discovered by Archer to the public in the near future.
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