SN1st Richard N. Breton
U.S.Navy WWII U.S.S. Starlight AP-175
Richard N. Breton of Waterville passed away March 25, 2010. He was born December 14, 1925, the son of Harry and Leda Breton. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class on the USS Starlight, an auxiliary (troop) transport, during World War II.
Richard married Evelyn Grenier on May 17, 1952. He was employed as a sheet metal worker for C.B. Davis Co. He was a board member of the St. Francis Federal Credit Union, Eucharistic Minister for St. Francis de Sales Church, served as the director of Mount Merici and St. Francis Beano nights, a member of the Waterville Elks Lodge, Waterville American Legion, Post 5, and Winslow/Waterville VFW, Post 8835.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cribbage and especially spending time with his family at camp on McGrath Pond.
He was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend, Evelyn and his older sister Harriet Papolas.
He is survived by his daughter Cynthia Roy and her husband Jeffrey of Fairfield, two sons, Forrest Breton and his companion Patty Real of Belgrade, and Jeffrey Breton and his wife Elaine of Waterville, grandchildren and their spouses Sherrie and Clay Genness, Christina and Eric Johnson and Nathan Breton, great grandchildren, Alyssa and Morgan Genness and McKenzie Johnson and his sister and spouse Cecile and Lawrence Byrne.
The family would like to thank the Lakewood nurses and staff and also the Maine Veterans' home for the loving care and support.
Richard Breton was buried at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Waterville, ME.
Seaman Breton was a Plank Owner on the U.S.S. Starlight AP-175 (February 1944). His WWII awards included: China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4): Marianas operation, Leyte operation, Luzon operation and Okinawa Gunto operation - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2).
Campaign and Dates
Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945
Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945