The Greatest Generations Foundation

The Greatest Generations Foundation.

Cunard partners again with the Greatest Generations Foundation, paying tribute to distinguished WWII combat veterans with a unique enrichment program. Guests get a very personal glimpse into their wartime experiences, ranging from “The Battle of the Bulge,” to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

20th July 2018,
Queen Mary 2

Highlights

Join Q&A's and other fascinating discussions with the WWII veterans on topics including The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War; Pearl Harbor: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor; The Dead & Those About To Die: The Big Red One At Omaha Beach; Normandy: D-Day with the Screaming Eagles and Battle of the Bulge: Alamo in the Ardennes.

  • Harold Angle

    Harold Angle

    Replacement Soldier Angle went overseas in mid-1944, assigned to the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. On July 22, 1944, he landed in Normandy, after D-Day joining Operation Cobra.The 28th suffered excessive casualties in the ill-conceived Battle of Hürtgen Forest. On December 16, the line was broken by two panzer divisions, three infantry divisions and one parachute division in an infantry-tank attack on "Ridge Road" west of the Our River. The Ardennes Offensive launched along the divisional front by the 5th Panzer Army. The division fought on the front line for 196 days.

  • Kenneth Barclay

    Kenneth Barclay

    Barclay joined the “Fighting 69th” Regiment and served in Hawaii, and the Japanese-occupied islands of Saipan and Okinawa. At Okinawa, landings were made on the west coast in the vicinity of Kadena Airfield on 1 April 1945, with the Marine 1st and 6th Divisions sweeping northeast, the Army 7th Division moving south along the eastern coast and the 96th Division moving south down the center of the island. The terrain and defense were formidable. Numerous ridges, tunnels and prepared pillboxes were used by the enemy in a tenacious defense. In all, the regiment suffered 472 killed in action during its service in World War II.

  • James Blane

    James Blane

    Born in Peoria, Illinois in 1924, James Blane enlisted into the United States Marine Corps just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After intensive training, Blane and the 4th Marines made four major amphibious assaults in the battles of Kwajalein (Roi Namur), Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima was the fiercest battle in the Pacific War and was where Blane was wounded in action. Some 110,000 Marines landed on the heavily-fortified, eight-mile island and took it in 35 days.

  • Peter Du Pre

    Peter Du Pre

    Technician Fifth Grade Peter B. Dupre served as a medic in the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England during WWII. He went to basic training at age 18, took a three-day pass to get married and was immediately deployed. He served for three years overseas, during which time he treated wounded servicemen from all areas of Europe, including those who had been wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home, went straight to work and raised five children with his beloved wife to whom he has been married for 70 years.

  • John Foy

    John Foy

    Born on October 12, 1925, John grew up in Charlotte and joined the Army’s Specialized Training Program for high IQ Soldiers and was sent to Cornell University. After infantry training he was assigned to the 87th Infantry Division joining General George Patton’s Third Army in liberating Europe. John served as a front-line machine gunner in the Battle of Northern France and later the Battle of the Bulge. His division helped relieve the 101st Airborne Division surrounded in Bastogne, fighting through the Siegfried Line and across the Mosel and Rhine rivers.

  • Michael <br> Ganitch

    Michael
    Ganitch

    Michael (“Mickey”) Ganitch was born November 18, 1919 in Mogadore, Ohio. The Great Depression put a stop to jobs and having trouble finding work, Mickey moved to California, eventually joining the United States Navy. On the morning of December 7 in Pearl Harbor, Mickey was preparing for a football game against the USS Arizona team. When the Japanese plane attack hit, he was still wearing his pads. He watched as ships were hit, buildings burned and men leaping into the ocean trying to avoid death. They were forced to survive in perilous waters because leaking oil had set the sea aflame.

  • Chief Petty Officer Stuart Hedley

    Chief Petty Officer Stuart Hedley

    Stuart Hedley was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 29th, 1921, and raised in northern New York. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the attack began. Japanese fighters and torpedo bombers poured over the horizon, intent on the destruction of the U.S. Pacific fleet. Headley made his way towards his battle station at turret number three, where he served as a spotter for the gun. With the West Virginia reeling from the blows it had received, Stu and his shipmates made their way topside. Stu recalls leaping into the water feet-first and coming up amid debris and burning oil and swimming for his life towards the shoreline. He was able to salvage only two items from that fateful day: a pearl buckle and a half penny that had been given to him by a British sailor. He eventually fought in nearly 13 battles aboard the San Francisco, including Bougainville, New Guinea and the Battle of Guadalcanal.

  • Steven Melnikoff

    Steven Melnikoff

    Steve Melnikoff is one of the few veterans left who experienced the full horrors of the D-Day landings. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1920, he served in 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment, of the 29th Infantry Division, eventually achieving the rank of technical sergeant. He still keeps in touch with many of his friends from his time in the service. They, like him, are some of the few who know what it was like to be a combat infantryman storming a beach. For his actions during World War II, he earned three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and numerous other awards. The decoration he is most proud of is his Combat Infantry Badge.

  • Richard Ramsey

    Richard Ramsey

    Richard “Dick” Ramsey was born October 31, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York. After Boot Camp at the Great Lakes Training Station, Dick reported on board the USS Nevada BB36 Battleship. Dick participated in the following invasions: D-Day in Normandy, the Cherbourg, France bombardment, the D-Day invasion of Southern France, and the bombardment of the fortifications at Marseilles and Toulon, France. The USS Nevada returned to the Pacific Theater in November 1944 where Richard participated in the invasions of Iwo-Jima and Okinawa.