Breton, Richard, S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
SN-0000-Seaman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, SN-0000, USS Starlight (AP-175)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
SN-Seaman
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
Maine
Maine
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Waterville, Maine
Last Address
Richard Breton was buried at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

Date of Passing
Mar 25, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Post 5Post 8835, Mac Crillis-Rousseau Post
  1947, American Legion, Post 5 (Member) (Waterville , Maine) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1947, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8835, Mac Crillis-Rousseau Post (Member) (Winslow, Maine) [Verified] - Chap. Page


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Last Known Activity

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.

   
Other Comments:
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).

Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945
Leyte operation
Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945

   
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Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. The battle was the last of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces, and pitted elements of the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet against ships and aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Mobile Fleet and nearby island garrisons.

The aerial part of the battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. During a debriefing after the first two air battles a pilot from USS Lexington remarked "Why, hell, it was just like an old-time turkey shoot down home!" The outcome is generally attributed to American improvements in pilot and crew training and tactics, technology (including the top-secret anti-aircraft proximity fuze), and ship and aircraft design. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of its carrier air strength and would never recover. During the course of the battle, American submarines torpedoed and sank two of the largest Japanese fleet carriers taking part in the battle.

This was the largest carrier-to-carrier battle in history.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Oct 17, 2011
   
Personal Memories

Memories
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).

USS Starlight (AP-175): Marianas operation, Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944; Leyte operation, Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944; Luzon operation, Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945; Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  246 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crowell, Marshall Medford, F1c, (1943-1945)
  • Dikel, Samuel, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972)
  • Freeman, Harold, CMC, (1943-1975)
  • Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945)
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