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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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Nov 2, 2014
   
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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  • Baker, Cecil, Cox, (1941-1946)
  • Baldwin, Robert B., VADM, (1941-1980)
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  • Beam, Joe, MCPO, (1941-2004)
  • Bell, Lloyd, PO3, (1942-1948)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
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