His monument is elegant in its simplicity:
Underneath a sprig of ivy are the following verses:
Let's see what we can find out about the gallant hero Irving Narter.
Irving joined his older brother Sidney (1919-2002) and Beatrice's children from a previous marriage: Frances (1914-2002), and Sam (1917-). Younger brother Bernard arrived on November 11, 1922 (1922-). In 1928 his mother filed a Certificate of Correction indicating that Isaac's name should actually be Irwin Narter:
|2056 N. Sawyer, Chicago|
Here is a photo of Irving with his bomber crew in front of their bomber "The Bad Egg":
|England - June 9, 1943|
On September 21, 1943 the Chicago Daily Tribune reported that (now) Tech. Sgt. Irving E. Narter had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for "Extraordinary Achievement while serving as a ball turret gunner":
Here is the photo the family chose to use for Irving's tombstone:
In the photo he is wearing the medals he has earned (from left) The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal (with three oak leaf clusters) and The Purple Heart.
So that is the story of Irving Narter - a Chicago native who enlisted in the Air Corps and gave his life for a cause greater than himself. The thing is, as great as Irving Narter's sacrifice was, it was no different than the sacrifice made by countless men and women who refused to stand by and let tyranny win. That is not meant to lessen the sacrifice of Narter, rather it is to recognize the sacrifice of all our brave service men and women. He is one hero among thousands, and for that we will be forever grateful.
Bernard Narter was with the Ninth Army in Europe and was a hero at the Battle of the Bulge - although he would say that he wasn't a hero - but that generation never talked about their heroics. Bernie is still alive at this writing and living in the west.
America is a better place today because of the Narter Brothers. I saw a sign recently that fits the Narter Brothers perfectly:
The Narter family - heroes all.
I want to take a minute to thank the Narter family for all of their help and support with this article. Thank you to:
Neil Narter – Sam Narter’s son
Alan Narter – Bernie Narter’s son
Bari Narter - Bernie Narter's daughter
David Narter – Alan Narter’s son
Lisa Narter – Neil Narter’s daughter
Michael Freitag - son of Rhonda Narter-->daughter of Bernard Narter