Grave marker for Edward A. Napier in Resurrection
Cemetery, Newtown (Fairfield county), Connecticut.
He enlisted in the National Guard at Ansonia, CT on 3
January 1938 with the surname of Napierkowski.
Sgt Napierkowski re-enlisted on 24 February 1941 and
two years later, 23 February 1943, was commissioned as a 2nd
1st Lt Napierkowski transferred from Field Force
Replacement Depot No. 8 to Hq 1st, 508th PIR on 2 April 1944.
He was slightly wounded in action in Belgium on 7 January 1945 and
was able to return to duty on 8 February.
On 31 May 1945 he was transferred to the 101st
Airborne Division, perhaps to facilitate his placement on a troop
ship returning to the U.S.
Edward remained in the National Guard and was
promoted to Captain on 29 October 1946 and was discharged on 18 June
1952. It was during this period that he shortened his surname
to just "Napier."
Edward's military decorations include the Purple
Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for
participation in Normandy assault.