"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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BATTLEFIELD RETURN: "THE YANKS ARE COMING"

It is the most significant and final tribute to the World War II Generation; The Greatest Generations Foundation has recreated “THE YANKS ARE COMING” spirit of World War II. Over the coming years, The Greatest Generations Foundation will sponsor an additional 1000 World War II veterans to Normandy, France to memorialize their stories and find closure as they return to the hallowed grounds where they served and laid to rest those they lost in battle. Through this pilgrimage back to Normandy, France, we want to inspire future generations of Americans, deepening their appreciation of what the World War II generation accomplished in securing freedom and democracy. To learn more about our return programs to Normandy, France for World War II veterans, please contact The Greatest Generations Foundation. To learn more about our return programs to Normandy, France for World War II veterans, please review our FAQ’s at the bottom of this page before applying.

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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:

The 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.

Our 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." 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. If your a survivor of Pearl Harbor and would like to return to Hawaii, please contact TGGF directly.

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.

"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 provide, and we must not forget those who were prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice if 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 great 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

Our return Programs to the battlefields of Vietnam justifies the timeless principles of peace and justice by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam War veterans exercised when they answered the call to help defend the ideals of our nation, in hopes that future generations will never forget their sacrifices or those who were left behind. If you are interested in participating in our return Programs, please review the FAQ at the bottom of this page before applying.

Our momentous programs back to Veteran will be used:

  1. 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;

  2. 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;

  3. 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;

  4. To provide a world-class platform for veterans to share their stories which will serve to accomplish goals 1, 2 and 3, bridging the intergenerational gap found throughout the world by honoring and remembering the 58,220 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.