Jack Breen (Harry W. Breen)

Breen’s life is full of gaps despite the best efforts of library staff. We’d appreciate hearing from family or friends who can clear up some our mysteries.

Breen’s father apparently died or divorced his mother Florence in the mid twenties. She then re-married a Napoleon Dona and was living with him and her two sons by Breen in the 1930 census.  By 1940 that marriage had apparently dissolved as Dona was alone in San Francisco. Harry graduated from THS in 1940 and the quote in his yearbook is illuminating: “I would be a soldier and a captain, too”. 

Breen died on Dec. 26, 1944 as a member of the 5th Division, 10th regiment. At the time he was living in North Bergen with his wife Jean.

He is buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial along with soldiers killed during the Battle of the Bulge.  A comrade’s daughter wrote that “A Red Diamond 10th Regiment comrade of my Uncle his name is in two of my uncles letters he wrote home. My uncle was killed 3 days before him and their friendship will be a eternity buried two rows apart. Thank you for your service and being a friend of my uncle L.D. Scruggs.

High School Yearbook

  1. 1939 Yearbook, page 98
  2. 1940 Yearbook, page 27

Ancestry.com

  1. 1930 United Stated Federal Census
  2. U. S. world War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
  3. U.S. WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 for Harry W. Breen
  4. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
  5. U. S. Headstone and Interment Records for U. S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 for Harry W. Breen

American Battle Monuments Commission Website

  1. Harry W. Breen

Find A Grave Website

  1. Pvt Harry W. Breen
  2. Memorial photo