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Hi Rebecca. Thank you for your search, but I do not believe that first person is the correct Romeo Napier. He is someone I'd looked at before, and I could find no evidence that he was ever in the St. Louis area. He is also buried as Romeo Napier down in Mississippi.
In my continued search, I have come across a Cloid Romeo Napier (middle name often just listed as R) born 30 Mar 1911 in Seymour, Missouri who I feel is a very likely candidate. This is the same date of birth of one of the Robert Williams on my short list buried in Jefferson Barracks. From records I can find, he first appears during the 1920 census after his mother Virginia married William Menges. He then appears again in the 1940 census and is listed as divorced, which fits in the time frame of my grandma's birth.
In 1940 he also married a Ruby Irene Biggs, however I can't find any records of children. In June 1943 he enlisted in the Army (service number 37615523), but in October 1943 he was hospitalized and not discharged until Jan 2040.
The hospital record says:
Diagnosis: Diagnosis: [withheld by NARA]
Type of Injury: Disease
Injured in Line of Duty: Not in line of duty, existed prior to service
I can find no record other record after that. And I can find no other record for Robert Williams born 30 Mar 1911 except for his grave.
Again thank you for the research that you've done, and I'll certainly be reaching out to see if I can get his records once the Archives are open again.
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Here is some information I found. It contains his place of burial and service number at the bottom. This seem like the person you seek. There is a seperation document on file and it looks like he was discharged due to some sort of health related issue. The address on the paperwork stayed 3452 St. Vincent St., St. Louis, MO.
Name: Cloid R Napier Event Type: Military Service Event Date: 20 Jan 1944 Event Place: Louisiana, United States Event Place (Original): Camp Claiborne, Louisiana Residence Place: Saint Louis, Missouri Marital Status: Married Military Service Branch: Engineers Birth Date: 30 Mar 1911 Birthplace: Seymour, Missouri Serial Number: 37615523
Thank you! That is very helpful and seems to concur with what my dad remembered about him having a mental problem. Can you point out exactly where it says his place of burial as I don't seem to see it?
Looked at the 1940 Census and had him listed as Cloid Napier age 29, and divorced.
However, you thought he got married in that year its possible he was married after the Census was taken in 1940.
Well if Ruby married him I wonder if she used his last name of William's or Napier. Do you happen to know if Ruby was born in Missouri as well.
Cloid and Ruby were married July 3, 1940, so yes, the 1940 census listing him as divorced was from before that marriage. I've still been unable to track down any record of his previous marriage.
Ruby was born and died in Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas. Her gravestone is here listing her as Ruby Irene Smith https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79318021
In the info on that page, it says "By 1940 she had divorced Cloid" citing the 1940 census, but that is wrong as the census was from April 1, 1940, so before he was married to Ruby.
From my understanding my great grandfather did not change his name until later in life (potentially not until his 60s which would have been the 1970s).
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Found enlistment https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8L5-9N5
Found this Honorable discharge, due to illness, from the army certificate for a Cloid R Napier. dated Jan. 20, 1944. states that he is married with 3 dependents. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L96D-L6PD?cc=2392705&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AQLYK-Z9Z4
You could contact the State of Missouri Vital Records for birth and death certificates , there is a fee for copies at https://health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords/pdf/birthdeath.pdf
This is my guess: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81346284/robert-williams You could contact Jefferson Barracks to find out this person's serial number.
Thank you! I'd missed the amount of dependents, so that is very interesting and something I'll have to continue researching (haven't been able to find anything on potential children or much on his wife other than her last name was different when she died so there was likely a divorce and another marriage).
I'd looked into getting those records, but I'd worried that I don't have enough information as I'm missing the first name of his father and his mother's maiden name. I also don't know where he died.
I had contacted Jefferson Barracks previously, but that they don't have that information available, so I'll have to wait until I can request info from the National Archives. Thanks again!