PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN C. NAPIORKOWSKI JR., was born on February 7, 1923 in Paterson NJ to John and Veronica Napiorkowski. When he was very young, the family moved to Camden NJ, sometime after April of 1930. They were members of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at South 10th & Mechanic Streets. As youth, he attended St. Joseph Grammar School, Hatch Junior High School, and Camden High School in Camden.
John Napiorkowski enlisted in the Army on February 19, 1943. He trained at Fort Dix NJ, Camp Livingston LA, Camp Polk, Camp Stewart GA, and Camp Claiborne LA, before going overseas to the China-Burma-India Theatre of Operations, where he was killed in action against the Japanese on July 27, 1944 at Mykitina, fighting with the 5307th Composite Group, better known as Merrill's Marauders. As the 475th Infantry Regiment was not organized until August 10, 1944, it is most likely that PFC Napiorkowski was serving with the 5307th Composite Group at the time of his death.
He was survived by his parents, of 1145 Liberty Street, Camden NJ, three brothers, Matthew, Edward, and Sigmund, and a sister, Veronica. His death was reported in the August 29, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.
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