This post was originally published by me on November 13, 2013, and 6 years later, some new information has recently come to light thanks to Josh:
I thought I would fill you in on what I learned.
I reached out to the national archives.
They immediately knew the video we were referring to. Unfortunately the man we have all seen fall in said video is unknown. They lead me to an index card the army has to label events in archival footage. It had no identifiable info on it about the man.
The video has a corresponding number to reference the video if you would like to look further. As the army does not know who it was. I feel we may never know.
It looks as though this will remain a mystery for now.
Again, thanks for looking into this as well. Have a great day!
I know you’ve all seen it, this 2 second clip of black and white film taken on D-day; June 6th, 1944. You’ve probably watched it so many times that it’s just background to the bigger story of the invasion, and that’s certainly how this quick piece of film is used; 2 seconds of film showing G.I.s storming the beach. I’m not even sure which beach.