Lawrence Copeland Archer, the son of Albert and Susan Archer, was born on June 11, 1903, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1935, he lived in Amsterdam, New York, and by 1940, he had moved to Schenectady. Lawrence's military service began on October 5, 1924, when he joined the New York National Guard.  He belonged to the Masons and worked for General Electric.

On October 7, 1942, Lawrence enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He held the rank of Captain and served with the 341st Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group. Lawrence was on a transfer mission when he took off from Chabua Air Base in India aboard a C-46A. The plane was on its way to Pakistan when it experienced mechanical problems, caught fire, and crashed. The crew and passengers were later found and interred in a mass grave in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri in 1950. 

Sources: Find A Grave, Ancestry