Technician 4th Grade
490th Port Battalion
226 Port Company
Drafted: January 1943
Landed D-Day: Utah Beach, June 6, 1944
Time: 20:00 hours
Honorable Discharge: December 1945
Nearly sixty years after his D-Day landing, WWII veteran David Brown spends over one and half hours sharing his experiences of the day that changed history, his army experience and the thoughts of a young man fighting to liberate a country from German occupation.
Over the course of six years, countless hours of footage was captured to develop a documentary reflecting David’s perilous view on the greatest war and the single most momentous event of the 20th century.
Through three return visits to Utah Beach David speaks with pride about his role in history but shares his sadness over the sacrifices of countless others that did not return from the shores of Normandy.
David starts his personal story of a young man off to war only days after marrying his bride. In the documentary, David pays tribute to his wife of fifty-seven years and to the life long friendships he developed while serving his country.
This moving recollection of a WWII veteran captures the striking truth of America during the 1940s, the weeks and days prior to the invasion, the complex coordinated mission of the allied troops and details of daily survival during the battle on Utah Beach.
David Brown's D-Day filming locations:
Executive Producer: Sharon Rossmark
Videographer: Steve Dragin
Special thanks to: Elaine Morris and Chris Redd for capturing David's story.
Film editor: Paul Buchbinder Film and Video Productions, Inc.
Segments of the video appeared in the History Channel’s, Emmy Award winning program, “A Distant Shore, African Americans of D-Day”
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized David with an Emmy plaque for his contributions to the Emmy Award winning History Channel Program, A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day.
David shown with his Emmy plaque
By decree signed by the President of the French Republic, David was named “Knight of the Legion of Honor” for his valorous actions during World War II.
David's French Knight of the
Legion of Honor Metal
The medal is the highest honor bestowed by France.
The medal was presented to David by the
Consulate General of France
August 2013: David is interviewed by the History Makers
November 2008: A two-hour program featuring David’s documentary and a two part interview with David aired on the Bolingbrook Community Television station.
November 2008: In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Pioneer Press - Northbrook Star Newspaper featured photos of David.
August 2007: National Public Radio (Chicago NPR local station WBEZ): Radio interview highlighting the development of the DVD and David’s WWII experiences. Listen to the replay at www.wbez.org. type David Brown’s D-Day in the search. Click to listen (Posted 8.13.2007)
November 2004: Keynote speaker, Veteran’s Day ceremony for the Village of Northbrook in Northbrook, IL
June 2004: Featured veteran in the June 13, matinee performance of Studs Terkel’s production, “The Good War, at the Northlight Theatre, Skokie, IL. “The Good War” was a live theatre play based on Terkel’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 oral history of first-hand stories about World War II.
David returns to Utah Beach, the site of his D-Day landing.
This was one of David's three return visits with his daughter to Normandy since his initial landing during WWII. This was also his final visit to the historical WWII site.
David's War Bride
What a wonderful tribute to a most deserving gentleman! Indeed, the video brough back so many personal memories; especially the Battle of the Bulge. You must be so very proud. Please give your dad a soldier's salute from a purple heart veteran. Thank you so much for the video. It's a wonderful project. Harry T.
I finally had the opportunity to watch the DVD of David Brown's D-Day experience! WOW!
I can't tell you how moved I was listening to your Dad recount to the smallest detail the activities of those days and the sacrifices he and others made for our country. I have seen a lot of movies about those days, but listening to your Dad made it seem more real to me. I know how proud you are of your father for his contribution in WWII and throughout your life. The DVD is a great way to honor him and capture his recollection sixty years later. It was a pleasure watching it and please thank Mr. B for me for all he has done! Chuck B.
Both my husband and I watched your video last night and we really enjoyed it. My husband was in the reserves during the Viet Nam years and was at the fort in South Carolina where your dad was so he really related to it. You and your dad really have quite a resemblance! What a nice man. I am sure you are so proud of him as you should be. Thanks again. Laura P.
Just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for the video on your Dad. What a great tribute. Scott and I watched it and decided the kids needed to see it. They watched it and suggested grandpa needed to see it so, the whole family watched it at our 4th of July barbeque. It was raining we were inside it was perfect to watch especially on that particular day. My dad has now borrowed it, so who knows who's watching it now. Thank you for making it and sharing it with so many. Cheryl B.
I really enjoyed watching the DVD on your dad. It really lived up to the billing that Scott and a few others had proclaimed. I am really happy for you Sharon for this wonderful piece of history and obviously the special bond between you and your dad.
I shared this with my mom and dad and they loved it, especially my mom. She taught school for 35 years and many of those were on American History. Bill G.
The DVD was awesome. The kids (20 & 18) also watched it and learned a great deal about the real world, without a political spin. Pretty cool stuff. Thanks for sharing with us. mm
In memory of David and his wife, an endowed scholarship has been established at Illinois State University.
The Dream Maker's Scholarship fund supports tuition for US military veterans and their family members majoring in Business at Illinois State University.
For information about the scholarship fund contact:
Illinois State University