NORMAN JOSEPH NAPIERATA
Sibling Names: Chester J. (born 3/21/33, married Mildred Ferreira 9/12/59 at St. Ann Church, N. Oxford MA)
Eleanor A. (born 4/10/36, married Joseph Dorey 7/30/55)
Joan R. (born 4/30/40, married Joseph Yacino 4/18/ 59)
Bartlett High School, Webster, Massachusetts
(LCPL Napierata was known as "Bubbles" to his school mates according to friend Jack Chlapowski)
High School Yearbook Photo:
College Attended: Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts (briefly)
College Diploma: No
Local Board Number:
Local Board Location:
Date: November 5, 1964
Education: Rocket Launcher and
Portable Flame Thrower; Operations Against Guerrilla Forces; Tactics of the
Marine Rifle Squad
Heart; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of
Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
Asia Tour Data:
Tour Commenced: not
Major Command: 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) FMF
Data 1: Hostile,
Data 2: Other
Data 3: Ground
In Or Near:
From the logs of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in September 1966:
LCPL Napierata was killed in action by an 'other explosive device,' which is a term normally associated with booby-traps. He was the only casualty on 09/22/66. Two days prior, on 09/20/66, LCPL James M. Clark (NYC, NY) was also KIA by a booby-trap. Napierata and Clark, both members of M Company, were probably in the vicinity of BS 5691 at the time of their deaths. BS 5691 on the following map excerpt is the hamlet of Phuoc Thuan, located just north of Highway 529 and the Song Tra Bong (river).
Historians have noted that Marine Corps record keeping in 1965-66 was less than perfect, which we might observe by the fact that no friendly KIAs were reported in the logs of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, when describing the activities of M Company in September 1966.
Side note: on 09/29/66, 3/7 got abrupt orders to head north. The entire battalion was moved to Dong Ha, just below the DMZ, and started to wage heavy battles against the highly-trained NVA for the next 5 years.
Body Recovered: Yes
Dudleyís Fallen Casualty Order: 1st and only
Memorial: The top photo of LCPL Napierata in his dress uniform is
a copy of one on display at the Boys and Girls Club of Dudley,
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 10E Line Number: 133
Many thanks to John Chlapowski (of NJ), Don Cushing, Carla Manzi, Kevin Esposito, Jay Lamy, Jeff Bourgette, and Virginia of the St. Joseph's Rectory for their thoughtful contributions.
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