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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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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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1945

Description
On December 15, 1944, landings against minimal resistance were made on the southern beaches of the island of Mindoro, a key location in the planned Lingayen Gulf operations, in support of major landings scheduled on Luzon. On January 9, 1945, on the south shore of Lingayen Gulf on the western coast of Luzon, General Krueger's Sixth Army landed his first units. Almost 175,000 men followed across the twenty-mile (32 km) beachhead within a few days. With heavy air support, Army units pushed inland, taking Clark Field, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manila, in the last week of January.

Two more major landings followed, one to cut off the Bataan Peninsula, and another, that included a parachute drop, south of Manila. Pincers closed on the city and, on February 3, 1945, elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division pushed into the northern outskirts of Manila and the 8th Cavalry Regiment (organized as infantry) passed through the northern suburbs and into the city itself.

As the advance on Manila continued from the north and the south, the Bataan Peninsula was rapidly secured. On February 16, paratroopers and amphibious units simultaneously assaulted the islet of Corregidor. It was necessary to take this stronghold because troops there can block the entrance of Manila Bay. The Americans needed to establish a major harbor base at Manila Bay to support the expected invasion of Japan, planned to begin on November 1, 1945. Resistance on Corregidor ended on February 27, and then all resistance by the Japanese Empire ceased on August 15, 1945, obviating the need for an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Despite initial optimism, fighting in Manila was harsh. It took until March 3 to clear the city of all Japanese troops, and the Japanese Marines, who fought on stubbornly and refused to either surrender or to evacuate as the Japanese Army had done. Fort Drum, a fortified island in Manila Bay near Corregidor, held out until 13 April, when a team of Army troops went ashore and pumped 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the fort, then set off incendiary charges. No Japanese soldiers in Fort Drum survived the blast and fire.

In all, ten U.S. divisions and five independent regiments battled on Luzon, making it the largest American campaign of the Pacific war, involving more troops than the United States had used in North Africa, Italy, or southern France.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1945
 
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.

   
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  • Bolmgren, Mary
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Campbell, Donald Christenberry, ENS, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowley, Art Smith, PO2, (1944-1946)
  • Deschenes, Alfred Joseph, CPO, (1942-1970)
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