Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Patricia Mariah Archer

Corvallis, Oregon

August 8, 2017

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
33 Marine Sgt


 Patricia Mariah Holman, age 33. Patricia served in the USMC from November 2003 to November 2007 and the ORARNG from January 2008 to November 2015. Patricia was activated for Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010) and completed three tours. She was a Unit Supply Specialist and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sgt. 


From KOIN TV 6 CBS koin.com 08/07/17

Grieving family searches for mom’s stolen ashes
Urn went missing either Saturday night or Sunday morning

Chris Holmstrom and KOIN 6 News Staff
Published: August 7, 2017, 4:34 pm Updated: August 7, 2017, 10:14 pm

CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) — Volunteers are helping a husband and his family find the ashes of his wife, who died just last week.

Matt Archer said his wife Patricia, a combat war veteran, died in her sleep. The mother of 2 was cremated a few days ago and her remains were placed in a black urn.

“Her deepest love and goals in life was to be a perfect mother and perfect wife,” Archer said.

Archer wrapped the urn in a pair of jeans and placed it in the back of his Jeep, so he could talk to her when he went out to smoke.

However, her remains were stolen just 2 days before her funeral, either Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

“We have a plot for both of us to be interred at Willamette National and her marker will be there, but it’ll just be me alone,” Archer said.

Once news spread of the stolen urn, many people volunteered to help including John Maine, a combat veteran.

“Losing a Marine, nobody deserves that, so I’m just hoping that somebody thought it was worth value,” Maine said. “I don’t care, we just need her home so we can put her to rest.”

Volunteers have been out all Monday searching the area and also posting flyers in hopes they can find the urn and give the Archer family some closure. As of Monday night, the urn had still not been found.

The family had plans to bury Patricia Tuesday at the Willamette National Cemetery, but as of now, it’s only a memorial.

Maine also created a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping the family through this difficult time.

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