"That road to V-E Day was hard and long, and traveled by weary and valiant men. And history will always record where that road began. It began here, with the first footprints on the beaches of Normandy.""

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WORLD WAR II GENERATION FADING QUIETLY AWAY

The men and women who fought to defeat Hitler, Mussolini and Japanese militarism are quickly and quietly passing away. In fact, most are already gone. Nearly 16 million American men and women enlisted in the military during World War II. Only a little more than 400,000 thousand are still known to be alive. And with more than 2500 of these veterans passing away each week. The figures give a sense of urgency to honor not only those who were called into action in WWII, but those who have served in other conflicts and are currently serving. To learn more about our return programs for WWII veterans, please contact The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation.  

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"NO matter how long it will take us to OVERCOME this premeditated invasion, the AMERICAN people will through their righteous might will win to absolute VICTORY."

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR - DECEMBER 07, 1941:

Japan's December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu that precipitated America's entry into World War II, a global conflict. Pearl Harbor endures as a symbol of American resilience and resolve, and the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor fosters reflection, remembrance, and understanding.

REMEMBERING THE PAST:

The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation return programs to Pearl Harbor is an opportunity to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our "Greatest Generation" both civilian and military, they endured incredible sacrifices on December 7, 1941, the "date which will live in infamy." It would thrust America into World War II, changing Hawaii and America forever and continues to define their place in the world. The events of that date triggered our resolve as a nation, our can-do attitude and resourcefulness and an unmatched commitment to the defense of freedom. To learn more about our programs to Pearl Harbor, please contact The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation

INSPIRING THE FUTURE THROUGH DUTY | HONOR | COUNTRY

Understanding past events and their consequences can inspire reverence for an emotional commitment to peaceful solutions to conflict. How do we help future generations chart their way toward peace and prosperity? A key focus of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be to bridge the gap between our generations to better understand and learn directly from those that endured December 07.

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. Certainly, 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 common experiences of that trying time and this generation of greatness. Join us on these Trans Atlantic Crossing 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.

"NO event in American HISTORY is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."

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IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER THE VIETNAM GENERATION

We, as a nation, have, through the sacrifice of our veterans and military members, incurred a solemn obligation to support the Vietnam Veterans of America in every way possible now and into the future. We must remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we must remember those who were prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty. Most of all, we must remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble but forgotten war. We must embrace the heroes of Vietnam; their dedication and sacrifice must never be forgotten and the promises made to this nation’s heroes must be fully and faithfully honored - this program is for them. 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONDUCT RETURN PROGRAMS BACK TO VIETNAM

The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation return programs back to Vietnam, vindicates the timeless principles of peace and justice in the world by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam war veterans exercised when they were called to duty, in hopes that future generations will recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by both sides during the Vietnam war, and to never forget their sacrifices or those who were left behind.

Our momentous programs back to Veteran will be used:

  • To provide veterans of Vietnam with the opportunity to revisit their past fields of battle, thereby gaining closure and putting to rest some of the memories they have wrestled with for decades;
  • To provide the essential tools to help encourage and promote peace and reconciliation by connecting U.S. soldiers with former NVA and VC soldiers through various educational initiatives developed by the Foundation;
  • To educate youth and future generations in Vietnam and throughout the United States about the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice, as was defined and defended by these veteran’s many decades ago;
  • To provide a world class platform for veterans to share their stories which will serve to accomplish goals 1, 2 and 3 that will help bridge the intergenerational gap throughout the world to honor and remember the 58,220 Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice.