Born in Yonkers, New York
September 6, 1919 - January 27, 2010
Tuskegee Airman, Corporate Executive
Lee A. "Buddy" Archer served as a member of the distinguished Tuskegee Airmen who garnered an outstanding combat record in World War II.
In July 1943, Archer earned his wings, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He flew a total of 169 combat missions, including bomber cover, convoy escort, scrambles,reconnaissance, and strafing. When he returned to the United States from overseas, he became the Chief of the Instrument Instructors School, at Tuskegee Army Air Field, in Alabama. He was then selected for a regular commission and sent to UCLA to complete his college education.
Archer retired after a twenty-nine year career that included three CEO positions in international military organizations. He had earned eighteen Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Special Citations from Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, as well as the director of the CIA. He also received the Accueil de Paris, a special award presented by the mayor of Paris for activities in support of Franco-American relations.
Archer is the father of four children.