The calm sea stretches out beyond the sand dunes. It is hard to imagine that mere decades ago, this picturesque landscape set the stage for the battle that would change Europe’s fate.
It is on these shores that the Spirit of Utah Beach was born. For over seventy years, it has been swept up by the wind and carried out into the world, spreading three fundamental values: success, innovation, commitment.
Of an epic battle which changed the fate of history and restored hope to the world.
Brought about by technological advances and modern tactics, which made this success possible.
Of the soldiers whose courage and determination proved that together, as one, men held the keys to success.
Among many others, two men in particular summarize the Spirit of Utah Beach. Five minutes before H hour, piloting his B-26, Major David H. Dewhurst, made a critical decision that weakened the German forces and secured the successful landing of the infantry ashore.
Michel de Vallavielle, gravely wounded during the fight, owes his life to the American surgeons who operated on him at Utah Beach and sent him to England. Five years later, he was elected Mayor of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and in 1962, de Vallavielle went against the will of his constituents and
founded the Utah Beach D-Day Museum to express his gratitude towards the Allies and the sacrifice they had made.
Today, David and Gene Dewhurst, the sons of Major David H. Dewhurst, are the primary sponsors of the Utah Beach D-Day Museum, presided by Charles de Vallavielle, son of Michel de Vallavielle. In their own way, David, Gene, and Charles perpetuate the legacy left by those who fought on June 6, 1944: that of the Spirit of Utah Beach.