NAPIER, Joseph W.  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Napier, Joseph W.
Date of birth: March 12th, 1925 (Skidmore/Missouri, United States)
Nationality:  American
     
SILVER STAR
Rank: Private
Unit: Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division "Victory Division", U.S. Army
Action: Joseph W. Napier, Private, Infantry, Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment for gallantry in action against the enemy on the first day of December 1944 in the vicinity of Itzbach, Germany. On the evening of the of December 1944 the 2nd and 3rd platoons of E Company , 377th Infantry Regiment were sent out from Itzbach with the mission of securing a supply route from Itzbach to Oberlund, Germany. In the woods on the West and Southwest of the former town, inside the woods the 1st platoon walked into terrific fire from German machine guns and rifles dug in on the slope of the hill. The platoon deployed quickly and vigorously with their rifles but it was apparent that the superior entrenched firepower of the well-camouflaged German forces had pinned down the outnumbered platoon. Risking his life to forestall this immediate counter fall Private Napier with two companions advanced boldly in the face of enemy fire toward German emplacements, firing from the hip and marching within grenade range Private Napier threw his own grenade at the enemy while dogging their grenades. Approaching the hostile nest Private Napier brandished the cold steel of his bayonet and with his two comrades closed in ruthlessly for the kill. In the ensuing fight the destroyed three German machine gun positions, killed two soldiers and captured six. This bold deed on the part of Private Napier and his two companions permitted the men of the rest of the platoon to completely fulfill their mission. The gallantry of his actions reflects great credit upon Private Napier and is in the highest tradition of military service.
Details: Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 44 (1944).
 
     
BRONZE STAR (BS)
Unit: Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division "Victory Division", U.S. Army
Details: Citation unavailable.
 
     
BRONZE STAR (BS)
Unit: Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division "Victory Division", U.S. Army
Details: This award was obtained in the form of an Oak Leave to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Citation unavailable.
 
     
PURPLE HEART
Unit: Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division "Victory Division", U.S. Army
 
     
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
Unit: Company E, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division "Victory Division", U.S. Army
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Vogt, T.O., The Iron Men of Metz Reflections of Combat with the 95th Infantry Division, Aventine Press, San Diego, U.S.A., 2005
- Fuermann, G.M. & Cranz, F.E., Ninety-Fifth Infantry Division History 1918-1946, The Battery Press, Nashville, USA, 1988
- Homeofheroes.com
   
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