November 28, 1919
TECH SERGEANT: STEVEN MELNIKOFF | AGE: (100) | RESIDES: BALTIMORE, MD UNITED STATES ARMY - 175TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 29TH DIVISION (INFANTRYMAN) Battles: Normandy (DDAY) | Northern France | Ardennes | Rhineland | Central Europe Pocket SHORT BIOGRAPHY: Thousands of American soldiers died during the assault on a five-mile stretch of Omaha beach in northern France 75 years ago. Still, for STEVE MELNIKOFF, the invasion known as D-Day was just the beginning. STEVE MELNIKOFF served in 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment, of the 29th Infantry Division. He is one of the few veterans left who experienced the full horrors of the D-Day landings on June 06 and 07, 1944. For the next 11 months, he served a assisted machine gunner in some of the bloodiest warfare in U.S. military history, earning four Bronze Stars, four promotions, and two Purple Hearts as he helped the Maryland-based 29th Infantry Division defeat German Führer Adolf Hitler’s war machine. Upon wars end, MELNIKOFF was on the Elbe River meeting the Russians. His unit was responsible for capturing over 10,000 German soldiers. As the 29th Infantry Division advanced into Germany, it liberated Dinslaken, a civilian labor camp. Today, at 100 years of age, you will find MELNIKOFF on the golf course three times per week, or in the garden at his resides in Baltimore, Maryland. This summer, MELNIKOFF will set the Guinness Book Of World Records as the oldest golfer to play Saint Andrews & Carnoustie Golf Course in Scotland.