During his deployment to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Archie participated in more than 200 combat missions and, according to his citation, provided exceptional leadership during more than 78 small-arms fire attacks, 24 indirect fire attacks, eight complex attacks such as improvised explosive devices and thousands of other routine security and intelligence gathering missions.
“I was with them during everything,” Archie explained. “Normally first sergeants and other senior members aren’t there for every mission that the Marines do. I positioned myself where I was in just as much danger as (the Marines) were.”
“The deployment started off real hot and dangerous where we were at,” he continued. “There were several places where we drove by that presented a 50-percent chance of there being an IED.”
Archie explained that despite the dangers, the Marines of Weapons Company always ran into the fight and in the process, formed close bonds, supporting Archie’s motto of “one team, one fight.”
“We can’t do anything individually,” Archie said. “Without a team, I wouldn’t be here right now. I wear (the medal for the Marines).”