Archie Franklin Williams

Archie Franklin Williams

Birth
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 24 Jun 1993 (aged 78)
Fairfax, Marin County, California, USA
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Plot Section B, Site 1179
Memorial ID 108369871 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. He was a member of the United States Track and Field Olympic Team that competed at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. There, he won the Gold Medal in the 400 meters sprint race with a time of 46.5, defeating Godfrey Brown of Great Britain by only .2 seconds. His Gold Medal victory added to the score of medals won by African-Americans at the Games, which famously undermined the Aryan-supremacist views espoused by host country Nazi German Chancellor Adolph Hitler. He would go on to serve first in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, then the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-two years.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Carol
  • Added: 12 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 108369871
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Archie Franklin Williams (1 May 1915–24 Jun 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 108369871, citing San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .