Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1827, New
York. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
board the U.S.S. Commodore Perry in the attack upon Franklin, Va., 3 October
1862. With enemy fire raking the deck of his ship and blockades thwarting
her progress, Breen remained at his post and performed his duties with
skill and courage as the Commodore Perry fought a gallant battle to silence
many rebel batteries as she steamed down the Blackwater River.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)