David Brown, WWII  Veteran
D-Day: Utah Beach  ***  June 6, 1944

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David Brown's Bio

August, 2011:  Key note speaker, Friedman Place, Chicago, IL, a community for adults with vision loss.

May, 2011:
 Key note speaker, Heyworth VFW Post 1559 Memorial Day program in Heyworth, IL.

July, 2010: David attends a French Legion of Honor ceremony at Chicago's Sofitel Hotel, honoring a group of Chicago-area veterans who fought in France during WW II and helped liberate the France from the Nazis.

June, 2010: For his valorous actions during World War II, David was awarded the "Knight of the Legion of Honor" by French Consul General Graham Paul. The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Republic of France.

February, 2010: David is notified by the French Embassy that by a decree signed by the President of the French Republic on January 15, 2010, he has been named a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor.

January, 2009:  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes David with an Emmy plaque for his contributions to the History Channel program: A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day.

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.

September, 2008:  The History Channel’s A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day wins a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy award for Outstanding Historical Programming.

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 in David Brown’s D-Day in the search. Click to listen.  (Posted 8.13.2007)



  David W. Brown

Technician 4th Grade

490th Port Battalion, 226 Port Company

European Theater


Drafted:  January, 1943

Landed D-Day

Utah Beach, June 6,  1944  20:00 hours

Honorable Discharge: December, 1945



February, 2007:  Segments of David Brown's D-Day documentary appear in the History Channel’s program: A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day.

November, 2004: Key note 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 Theater, Skokie, IL. The Good War was a play based on Terkel’s ground breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 oral history of first-hand stories about World War II.