Napoleon Roy | MVH Augusta Veteran Stories | U.S.M.C. | 1942-1945

Author: MVH Augusta
Posted: December 11, 2018
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Napoleon Joseph Roy was born on April 1924 to Paul and Aglae Roy.  “Nap” as his friends call him, was named after his father, who was also named Napoleon.  However, everyone called his father "Paul," so no need for a junior title in his name Nap says.

Nap’s parents where originally from Canada, but they immigrated to the United States as teenagers and settled in Waterville, Maine.  Nap went to school there until the eleventh grade.

At the age of eighteen, Nap decided to enlist in the Marines.  

“They were drafting us so I decided to just sign-up," Nap said.  "I wanted to be a Marine.”

Nap traveled to Camp Lejune in North Carolina for basic training before heading to the Panama Canal during World War II.  He was guarding the canal and big ships, only letting certain ships through.  He and his guard dog had many interesting nights.

After the war, Nap returned to Waterville and got a job of Wyandotte Woolen Mill where

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Pontoosuc/Wyandotte Mill, Pittsfield, Maine

he was a jack of all trades. His job was maintaining and repairing all the big machines and equipment. He would even get called in the middle of the night to go in and fix a loom because no one else could get it running. Nap and his sister took care of their mother who developed crippling rheumatoid arthritis and was confined to a wheelchair. Their dad died during hernia surgery at the age of 50. Nap didn’t marry until his 40’s to Juliette, she was a widow with two teenage sons, Jim and Dick. Nap cared for those boys very much, and even did a few road trips down to Florida to see Jim. They enjoyed entertaining, dancing and traveling. They took quite a few trips to Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada, and throughout the United States.

Juliette and Nap had a beautiful home. Nap was a handyman and loved to garden. Nap’s yard was always a showstopper with tons of flowers and plants. Juliette passed away over 20 years ago; she developed colon cancer and Napoleon became her caretaker till the end. Around the same time a neighbor friend, Gloria became a widow. After a while Nap and Gloria became good companions. They loved to go dancing and traveling was a must. They visited Colorado, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Then Gloria became ill and once again Nap was there to take care of her till she passed.

Napoleon experienced a lot of loss throughout his life but he always remained up-beat. He was always very involved with his family, especially his sister's children: Larry, Peggy, and Don.  They say Nap was a wonderful uncle. He was a great cook and it was always so special to have him cook spaghetti dinner for them. Nap was a big family man and was very involved in the Waterville community too. He is a life member to the Elks Club, American Legion and VFW.

We are proud to have Napoleon Roy as part of our MVH-Augusta Family!

Thank You, Nap, for your service to our nation!

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