Cunard Cruise Lines pays tribute to the GREATEST GENERATION and Their WORLD WAR II Triumph

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In the last, triumphant months of World War II, Millions of men and women were involved in this tumultuous journey through adversity and achievement, despair and triumph. Indeed, there were those who failed to measure up but taken this generation did have a "rendezvous with destiny" that went well beyond the outsized expectations of President Roosevelt when he first issued that call to duty in 1936. The stories that follow represent the lives of some of them. Each is distinctive and yet reflective of the shared experiences of that trying time and this generation of greatness. Join us on these Trans-Atlantic Crossings to pay homage to the Greatest Generation and Their World War II Triumph.

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SPEAKER MICKEY GANITCH | AGE: 98

As quarterback for the USS Pennsylvania, MICKEY GANITCH was preparing for a football game against the USS Arizona team. Wearing all his gear up, when the Japanese Attacked. Still in his uniform, GANITCH made his way up to the crow’s nest, calling out the incoming bombers and fighters, all while witnessing the great battle unfold around him. 

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speaker STEVEN MELNIKOFF | AGE: 98

On June 06, 1944, STEVEN MELNIKOFF, experienced the full horrors of DDAY landing when he served with the 175th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division fighting all the way from Omaha Beach to meet the Russians on the Elbe River. MELNIKOFF earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service in WWII.

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SPEAKER ALEX HORANZY | AGE: 95

Born in Bialystok, Poland on April 22, 1922, ALEXANDER HORANZY arrived in Oahu, Hawaii on November 2, 1940 assigned to Schofield Barracks with the 24th Infantry Division. Night before the Japanese attack, the Division had just returned from field maneuvers on the northern end of Oahu, when instead of sleeping as he intended, the sounds of planes and machine guns jolted him awake at 7:50 a.m.  

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SPEAKER HAROLD ANGLE | 96

On July 3, 1944, HAROLD ANGLE was inducted into the US. Army at New Cumberland. After basic training at Camp Walters., Harold was transferred to Camp Kilmer in New Jersey for deployment to Europe aboard a Norwegian Troop Ship to La Havre, France where he was issued with his M-1 rifle and all of our equipment that we would need to go into combat as a replacement soldier with the 28th infantry Division. 

SPEAKER STUART HEADLY | AGE: 96

On December 7, 1941, out of nowhere, the attack began. Japanese fighters and torpedo bombers poured over the horizon, intent on the destruction of the U.S. Pacific fleet. With the West Virginia reeling from the blows it had received, Headly continued to fight in nearly 13 battles aboard the USS. San Francisco, including Bougainville, New Guinea and Guadalcanal.

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SPEAKER JAMES BLANE | AGE: 94

JAMES BLANE, Corporal of the 4th Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps throughout the Pacific Theater. Blane served in the battles of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and the blood bath in Iwo Jima that resulting in 6821 U.S. deaths in 36 days. 
 

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SPEAKER ROBERT FERNANDEZ | AGE: 95

ROBERT FERNANDEZ, was 17 and served aboard the USS Curtiss the day America was thrusted into World War II, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fernandez and the USS Curtiss were struck hit by a dive bomber and struck Curtiss killing 19 of his shipmates.

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SPEAKER Steven Saradin | AGE: 97

STEPHEN SARADIN, served aboard the USS Nashville and was assigned to U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay. During the closing months of World War II, the USS Nashville provided fire support for the Australian Troops landing at Brunei Bay, Borneo, and protecting aircraft carriers in the Makassar Straits, Dutch East Indies.

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speaker JACK FOY | AGE: 94

JOHN FOY, served as a combat infantryman with the 87th Infantry Division joining General George Patton’s Third Army in liberating Europe. FOY was a front-line 30 caliber machine gunner during the Battle of Northern France, the Battle of the Bulge and the breakthrough in Germany. The division crossed the Rhine in late March, despite strong opposition.

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SPEAKER RICHARD RAMSEY | AGE: 95

RICHARD J. RAMSEY served aboard the USS Nevada from June 1943 to wars end, serving in history’s greatest event the invasion of Normandy. Seven months later, they embarked into the South Pacific to battle Japanese forces that had taken numerous islands including Iwo Jima land assault. 

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SPEAKER FRANK DEVITA | AGE: 94

FRANK DEVITA volunteered for service during World War II and was assigned to the Coast Guard's USS Samuel Chase, a manned U.S. Navy attack transport which took part in both the Normandy and Provence campaigns for the liberation of France from the Nazi German occupation

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SPEAKER Peter Du Pre | AGE: 96

PETER DUPRE, served as a medic in the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England, where he treated wounded servicemen from the advancing Allies push across Europe, including those severely wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and the breakout into Germany.