Archie was born in April 1947 to Julia Thayer Burnette Sweet and Archie H. Sweet, in Cheraw SC. He attended school in Cheraw until his enlistment in the Marine Corps in April 1964. After being sworn into the USMC on 27 April 1964, he was placed on 90 days delayed enlistment, and ordered to report to USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, SC on 2 Aug. 1964.
Upon completion of recruit training he was assigned the MOS of 2841, Radio Repairman. After completing advanced training at Camp Geiger, he attended electronics and radio repair schools at MCRD San Diego. On completion of radio repair schools, he was assigned to 8th Communications Bn., 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. In August of 1968 he was discharged at the rank of Sgt.
After release from active duty in the USMC in Aug. 1968, Archie worked as a plant electrician for J. P. Stevens, Delta Finishing Division, a textile company, and then Phoenix Manufacturing Co, a division of Kaiser Roth Hosiery, as the assistant dye department supervisor, until his appointment to the South Carolina Highway Patrol in1970. In December 1992 he honorably retired from the Highway Patrol, and in 1993 opened his office as a licensed South Carolina Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. In 2007, he closed his real estate appraisal business, became semi-retired and opened a new part-time business, WHS Courier Service, as a small load specialty interstate courier, which he still operates.
Marine Corps League Profile:
In 2004, Archie assisted in the formation and chartering of Marine Corps League Lancaster County Leathernecks Detachment 1169, serving initially as the Detachment Junior Vice-Commandant and Detachment Quartermaster. In 2006, Archie became the second Detachment 1169 Commandant, serving in that office for five years. From 2005 to 2007 he served on the Bylaws Committee of the Department of South Carolina, and from 2008 to 2014, he served on the National Bylaws Committee. He served as SC Department Judge advocate for two years and then as SC Department Senior Vice-Commandant for two years. From 2007 until 2012, he served as an Assistant Sgt. at Arms of the Southeast Division. In August 2010, Archie became the Commandant of the Department of South Carolina, and served in that office for four years. In August of 2015 he began Serving as Assistant National Vice-Commandant of the Southeast Division, Marine Corps League, and in October was appointed Chairman of the National POW/MIA Committee. Archie is presently Vice-Chairman of the Marine Corps League National Convention Credentials Committee, and has served on that committee for eight years.
Marine Corps League Awards:
Recipient of: The Distinguished Citizen Gold Medal; Distinguished Citizen Silver Medal, Five (5) Awards; Distinguished Citizen Bronze Medal, Three (3) Awards; and Two (2) Awards of the Distinguished Service Bronze Medal.
Detachment: Commandant Medal, Five (5) Awards; Staff Elected Medal, Two (2) Awards; Staff Appointed Medal, Eleven (11) Awards; Meritorious Individual Commendation Ribbon Two (2) Awards; Detachment Recruiter Ribbon; Marine of the Year Medal (2008).
Department: Commandant, Four (4) Awards; Staff Elected Medal, Four (4) Awards; Staff Appointed Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon; Marine of the Year Medal (2010).
National: Staff Appointed Medal, Five (5) Awards; Staff Elected Medal.
Archie is married to the former Wanda Hilton, and they have five grandchildren by their two daughters. In addition to the Marine Corps League, Archie is a member of the Church of God, Fort Mill, SC, and a member of the South Carolina State Troopers Association.
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