A Nice Event on Princess
Princess Cruises Passengers Meet Famous WWII Soldier Onboard. Passengers onboard Princess Cruises’ Star Princess last week were treated to a special presentation from the soldier who sent the message ending World War II in Europe.
As an Army Signal Corps sergeant in 1945, 20-year-old Gregory Melikian was tasked with sending the telegraph message from US General Dwight Eisenhower announcing the end of the war in Europe. The message was sent shortly after the surrender of German forces from a schoolhouse in Reims, France, which was the makeshift Allied headquarters.
Mr Melikian is being considered for the French Legion of Honour for his service in France at that time.
Last week, hundreds of passengers joined Cruise Director Martyn Moss in the Princess Theatre onboard Star Princess for a question and answer session with their fellow passenger. Many gathered afterwards to shake the hand that sent that historic telegraph. Today Melikian is a philanthropist, business owner, and honorary commander of the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
He sailed on Star Princess with a large group of family members and friends, and was invited to meet Captain Edward Perrin on the ship’s bridge. John Pond