ARCHER E. KING, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Archer King, Jr. '15

Date of birth: September 14, 1893

Date of death: January 7, 1944

Age: 50

Lucky Bag

From the 1915 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Archer was lost on January 7, 1944 when USS St. Augustine (PG 54) was rammed and sunk by a merchant ship off of Cape May, New Jersey. Only 30 of 145 men aboard survived the sinking.

It is unclear why he was aboard, as the commanding officer was a Lieutenant. It's possible he was the convoy commander; St. Augustine was the flagship of the escorts.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is listed on the retired list in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1944.

Bronze Star

Unable to find a citation for the Bronze Star medal cited on his memorial marker.

Other

There is a that might be able to shed light onto Archer's role aboard St. Augustine. (The Navy Department Library at the Naval History and Heritage Command has a copy as of September 19, 2018.)

Memorial Hall Error

Archer is not listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through SHIPMATE issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall. From the September 1946 issue: "KING, ARCHER EMMET, Commander, USN. Declared dead 7 January 1944, USS St. Augustine."

The Register of Alumni gives his name, rank, and date of loss.


Class of 1915

Archer is one of 18 members of the Class of 1915 in Memorial Hall.