World War II Heroes to be honored Cunard Insights enrichment guests on flagship Queen Mary 2
On this 7-night voyage, guests will have the opportunity to attend lectures and interact with several WWII veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during the war. From the “Battle of the
A special new feature on this Crossing will be the inclusion of veterans from the Korean,
“We are honored to continue our relationship with
Participating veterans scheduled to be on board will include:^
STEVE MELNIKOFF, 102, who experienced the full horrors of Omaha Beach, when he served in 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division and who earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service. MICKEY GANITCH, 102, who served as a Senior Chief Quartermaster in the United States Navyand witnessed Pearl Harbor.and went on the fight in 17 battles throughout the Pacific. HAROLD ANGLE, 98, who served in the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, and who marched down the Champs-Elysées on August 29, 1944, in the Liberation of Paris. JAMES BLANE, 98, Corporal of the 4th Marine Divisionof the United States Marine Corpsand served in the battles of Kwajalein (Roi-Namur), Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. HAROLD RADISH, 97, served with the U.S. Armyand was assigned to the 90th Infantry Division, as a combat intelligence observer. During the battle of the BULGE, RADISH, a Jewish-American, was captured by the Germans and served the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany. IRVING LOCKER, 97, remembers in vivid detail the brutally cold winter of 1944-45 when he was a 19-year-old staff sergeant with the 116th AAA Gun Battalionof the 1st Army’s 7th Corps. They fired 90mm anti-aircraft, anti-tank guns at the Germans in Hitler‘s last desperate effort to avert inevitable defeat in the European Theater of WWII. ROBERT FISHER, 88, is a 1955 Naval Academygraduate and career Marine Corpsofficer who retired in 1982. At that time, he also studied four guerrilla wars in Southeast Asiaand obtained the Malaya Jungle School Syllabus at Johore Bahru and went on to train 20,000 Marines, Navy Seals, Sea-Bees, and Army Special Forces Teams for Vietnam. RICHARD PRINCE, 76, was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion5th Marinesand assaulted the Dong Ba Towerin Hue. Pictures of his bravery were featured in Time Magazineand on the cover of Stars & Stripes Magazineduring the war. He was severely wounded in the neck and medevac’d out of Vietnamto the United Statesduring this action.
- JESSE “BUD” ALLEY, 80, served two years active duty; a complete twelve-month tour in
Vietnamwith the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile)-August 1965-August 1966. His award-winning book The Ghosts of the Green Grass documents his experience in the Vietnam War. KEVIN BREWINGTON, 38, served with the U.S. Armyand was two months into his Afghanistandeployment as an infantryman with the 125th Special Brigade Combat Teamwhen he stepped on a landmine. He woke up four days later in a hospital in Germany. BREWINGTON lost both his legs and part of his right arm in the blast and has spent seven years recovering and rebuilding his life.
Q&A’s and other discussions with the World War II veterans will cover topics including:
- The Bombing of
Pearl Harbor, 1941
- D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944
- The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944
- Blood Sand: The Battle for
Iwo Jima, 1945
- Vietnam War: The Forgotten Generation
Afghanistan: The Forever War
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^ Schedule subject to change.
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