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Matthew immigrated to the U.S. at age 4 under the name of Meewis Leendert Breure Jr. along with his parents and 5 siblings.  Departing from Rotterdam aboard the SS Nieuw Amsterdam the family (see lines 1 - 8) arrived in New York City, NY on 10 March 1928.  The ship was the first of what has now been four liners named the Niew Amsterdam.
Declaration of Intention
filed in the Common Pleas Court, Passaic, NJ on 13 June 1942 was a formal statement of intent to become a citizen of the United States.
Petition For Naturalization
granted in the District Court of Macon Georgia on 28 September 1943 shows Matthew as being in Co D, 1st Training Battalion, Camp Wheeler, GA (near Macon).
Petition Certificate No. 6022976
Show that Matthew was admitted to the U.S. as a citizen on 1 October 1943.  The Number corresponds with the entry at the bottom of his petition sheet (above) which he signed renouncing all allegiances to foreign powers.
Anniversary Flight?
Seventeen years after becoming a citizen, Matthew was aboard a Pan American Airways flight and was processed in Bermuda as he apparently returned from Europe.

MATTHEW L. BREURE SR., 71, of West Paterson died Sunday. Born in Holland, he came to the United States in 1928. Before retiring in 1988, he owned the Breure Sheet Metal Co., Clifton. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clifton, and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association. He was a deacon, elder, and choir member of Lakeview Heights Reformed Church, Clifton. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, Clifton. Arrangements: Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Van Houten Avenue, Clifton.

(The Record, Hackensack, NJ, 4 Jan 1995, Page s12 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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