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Dudleyís Fallen from the Vietnam War

NORMAN JOSEPH NAPIERATA

   

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  April 29, 1947

Birth Place:  Webster, Massachusetts

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Fatherís Name:  Chester D. Napierata (died April 7, 1978)

Motherís Name:  Sally (Wojnowski) Napierata (died October 24, 2004

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)

Marital Status:  Single

Education:

Schools Attended:  St. Joseph's Elementary School, Webster, Massachusetts

                               Bartlett High School, Webster, Massachusetts

                               (LCPL Napierata was known as "Bubbles" to his school mates according to friend Jack Chlapowski) 

High School Yearbook Photo: 

   

High School Diploma:  1964

College Attended:  Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts (briefly)

College Diploma:  No

Selective Service Data:

SSS Local Board Number:

SSS Local Board Location:

Military Service Record:  

          

Entry Date:  November 5, 1964

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Boston, Massachusetts

Home of Record:  Dudley, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Marine Corps                    

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Lance Corporal

Rank Abbrev:  LCPL 

Pay Grade:  E3         

MOS:  0351               

MOS Title:   Assaultman

Military Education:  Rocket Launcher and Portable Flame Thrower; Operations Against Guerrilla Forces; Tactics of the Marine Rifle Squad

Awards Received: Purple Heart; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon  

Posthumous Promotion:  No

Length of Service:   1 Year, 10 Months

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: not reported

Major Command:  1st Marine Division (Reinforced) FMF

Land Assignment:

Regiment:  7th Marines 

Battalion:  3rd Battalion            

Company:  M Company  

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  September 22, 1966

Casualty Age:  19

Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

Casualty Data 2:  Other Explosive Device    

Casualty Data 3:  Ground Casualty               

Casualty Province:  Quang Ngai

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

Located In Or Near:   Grid Coordinates BS 5691 

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 

Burial/Memorial:

Burial Location:   St. Joseph's Cemetery (now called Garden of Peace), Webster Massachusetts

Burial Plot Location:  Family plot.  Through the main gate, all the way to the end, turn left, again to the end, grave on right.

Burial Date:

Consigned Funeral Home:  Shaw Funeral Home, Webster, Massachusetts (Shaw-Majercik after 1970)

Military Escort Name:

Dudleyís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st and only

Local 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, Massachusetts

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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