Shortly after Archie's graduation from High School, he joined the National Guard. He did his basic training in Monterey Bay, California in Fort Ord.
The next year in 1966 he in listed in the Army, where he attended Airborne Training in Cusseta, Georgia at Fort Benning. From there he proceeded to take upon Ranger Training in Eglin, Florida where he later graduated.
After all his training he was sent to Germany where he was stationed from 1966 to 1967. In October of 1968 he was deployed to Vietnam where he spent 18 months serving with the 196 Rangers. He returned to the States in June of 1970, because his father had been in a fatal car crash.
After his return to the US, he was no longer sent to serve in Vietnam and spend the last two years of his military career in Huachuca, AZ. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army in June of 1972. While in the military he was awarded the CIB Medal ( Combat Infantry Badge), the Army National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Army Accommodation Medal, his Paratrooper Wings, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and awarded the Purple Heart for being shot in his right side hip by an AK-47, and taking scrap metal to his body.
Souther California Quilts of Valor was honored to present a Quilt of Valor to Archie