Major David L. Brodeur
Air Force Major David L. Brodeur, formerly of Auburn, MA, died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was on deployment to Afghanistan from Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Major Brodeur had been assigned, while in Afghanistan, as an advisor to the Afghan Command and Control Center under the NATO Air Training Command.

Prior to deployment, he served as Executive Officer, Eleventh Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf -Richardson, Alaska.

Major Brodeur was born on December 10, 1976 in Worcester and grew up in Auburn. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Williams) Brodeur and his children: Elizabeth 7, and David, Jr. 4. He is also survived by his parents, Lawrence A. and Joyce A. (Samaha) Brodeur, long-time Auburn residents who currently reside in Sutton; a brother, Todd E. Brodeur and his wife Jo-Ellen of Shrewsbury, MA and his sister, Amanda G. Brodeur. Major Brodeur also leaves behind a large extended family including his grandmother, Constance C. Brodeur, and many aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins.

Major Brodeur was educated in the Auburn public schools graduating with honors from Auburn High in 1994. While in high school he played soccer and was an accomplished track and field athlete who won Southern Worcester County League and District Class B individual championships. He served as Treasurer and President of the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society; represented Auburn High at the Annual Student Government Day Program sponsored by the Massachusetts State Legislature and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his service to Auburn High and the Town of Auburn.

After a year of prep school at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA he entered the United States Military Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado graduating in 1999 with a degree in Political Science. Major Brodeur earned a Master of Business Administration and Management from Touro University and had completed Air Command Staff College. Major Brodeur graduated from pilot training at Columbus AFB in Columbus, Mississippi in April 2001, and F-16 Fighter training from Luke AFB in Arizona. Major Brodeur was an experienced F-16 pilot with deployments to Iraq where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal.

Major Brodeur was an F-16 instructor, Flight Commander, and Weapons ADO for the 18th Aggressor Squadron. He was a Senior Pilot with more than 1600 flight hours in fighter aircraft. He had a fascination with aviation as a child which turned into the goal of becoming a fighter pilot and led eventually to his career as an aviator and Air Force officer.

Despite David's passion for flying and pride for his country, his greatest love in life was his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 11 years and proud father of Elizabeth and David. He was a loving son and brother who placed the needs of others and service to God and country before self.

Though tragic to have lost him so young, it is comforting to know that his kind, humorous, and courageous spirit, with which he touched so many, will live on through his children.

His all-too-short life was a life well lived.

There will be a concelebrated Memorial Mass celebrating David's life on Saturday, May 7, at 11:00 AM at North American Martyrs Parish, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, which is open to the public. His funeral, with full military honors, will be held on May 17th, 2011 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Burial will be in the United States Air Force Academy's Military Cemetery.

For those who may wish to pay tribute to David, a scholarship fund has been created to benefit his children at the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, care of the Major David Brodeur 529 College Fund, Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Springs, MD 20918. The Foundation can be reached by phone at (877) 921-2923; by fax at (301) 587-2923, and by e-mail at

[email protected]

The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home is honored to be assisting Major Brodeur's family with the arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, or to view David' Book of Memories, please visit

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Charlie Gili
November 8, 2018
The the family of Dave Brodeur, I also graduated from AHS class of 94 with David. Unlike him I enlisted in the AF straight out of HS. I found out about 5 years later that he had graduated from the AF Academy and was flying heavies. Over the next decade I tried my best to keep track of his whereabouts and accomplishments. When he moved from heavies to fighters he was very excited. Sadly the next I heard about him was the awful news from Afghanistan. David made all of us from Auburn proud, even now, a year and a half later, he is still in our thoughts and prayers.
Shawn Lizotte
December 13, 2012
Klepto - I hope we made you proud yesterday. We love and miss you.
Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation
October 15, 2012
To the Brodeur Family, I am sorry for your loss! I knew Maj Brodeur when he was stationed at Shaw AFB, SC. He talked proudly about his family, he was a good man.
K Kell
October 1, 2012
Honoring the memory of the late Major David Brodeur today and every day. Few words can express our gratitude for his military service.
September 23, 2012
I never knew you but met your beautiful and loving wife Susan today at the USAFA cememtery while visiting the site of my daughter, Katie Wise Friedman, who is only a few spots away. Sharing her wonderful life with you, I saw the bench honoring you, remembering your gift to the freedom of many. Thank you for paying the ultimate price. You have an awesome wife and mother of your daughter and son. God blessed us both today.
Marj Wise
May 3, 2012
To the family and friends of Maj. David L. Brodeur:
Remembering David on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
April 27, 2012
To the family of Maj. David L. Brodeur:
David gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
July 4, 2011
To the Brodeur Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I meet Maj Brodeur in Baltimore as I was flying into Manas with him. Being from Mass myself he noticed my accent and we started talking. I only knew him for 3 or 4 days but thats all it took for me not to ever forget him. We also shared a tent at Manas together and I remember him talking about a truck that he wanted. He was very easy going and made my transition into theater easier for me and I will never forget that. He served his country, the Air Force and his Family with great honor and I will never forget him.
Jeremy Coupal
June 1, 2011
To the Brodeur family. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I recognized Major Brodeur immediately when I saw the news as he made a quick impression on me in Manas. We were in the same tent and had talked several times as I was on my way back from deployment as he was going in. I only knew him for a couple of days, but I know the impact he made on you, his Air Force, and his country were great and will be dearly missed by all.
Robert Russell
May 31, 2011
To the Brodeur Family,
We did not know David personally, but knew of him through Mark Rodemoyer (Sharene's cousin). We are sadden by the unexplainable events of which no words expressed ever relieve the pain. The best we can offer: "Always keep David in your heart where ever you go".
Richard & Sharene Moore
May 28, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dave at USAFA and he was a great person. My prayers are with.
Donna Waitte
May 20, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We feel blessed to have known a true hero.
Maj. David & Lydia Capuano
May 19, 2011
Sending prayers to your family.

MAJ Christophe Powers, C/O 97
Christophe Powers
May 19, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
CPT Stephen Stanley
May 16, 2011
Susie, Lizzie and Jr., I am sending hugs and prayers your way. my heartfelt condolences to you during this very difficult time. I am saying a rosary for you all. we love you

Monica and Juan Ybarra
Monica Ybarra
May 16, 2011
Monica Johnson
May 12, 2011
Dear Broduer Family,
As a mother with a son in USMC I want to send my deepest sympathies to each and every one of you. Words cannot say what is in my heart but please know how greatful we all are for Major David Brodeur's service and ultimate sacrifice as well as the sacrifice you all have made as a family.
God Bless You and Keep You, Patty Pupka
Patty Pupka
May 12, 2011
My heart and my prayers goes out to the Brodeur family for this great lost. It is a very sad day when one more soldier has to die. May God be with you in these days and know that I feel your lost.
Janine Bonin
May 9, 2011
Our prayers are with you in this sad period. Another flier has joined the Angels. Barbara and Jack Hayes (coach)
Jack Hayes
May 9, 2011
David was great patriot that served our county bravely. Thank You. Susan you always be in my prayers. God bless you and your kids.

Richard Geddings
Sumter SC
May 8, 2011
Gob Bless
May 8, 2011
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice..Rest in Peace.
Lenore Papa
May 7, 2011
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski
May 7, 2011
For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.


Suzanne MacDaniel (Colonie,NY)
- A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
MacDaniel
May 7, 2011
To the Brodeur Family-
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones in this time of terrible sorrow. As part of the USAFA family here in Massachusetts, we especially feel for you at this time. Although we didn't know David, he will always be part of the Long Blue Line that our own son has also chosen to follow, and when any of them falls along the way, it hurts us all very deeply. We humbly thank you for your sacrifice, and pray that God keep him safely in heaven.
With deepest respect,
William and Deborah Lannon
C12 Dane Lannon Squadron 22 Raptors
The Lannon Family
May 6, 2011
To my Cousin Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find strength through your children and family. Please know I am always here for you. I love you. Carol
Carol White
May 6, 2011
David you will be missed by all who knew and loved you. Rest assured we will be with Susie and you children until we all meet again in heaven
Lisa Leier
May 6, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
David and Charlotte Leier and family
May 6, 2011
We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved David very much. Our thoughts for you and the kids is of love and hugs. We remember how much we enjoyed your family as neighbors. May He watch over you always with David close at His side. All our Love.
Dick & Rita Clift
May 6, 2011
Dear Brodeur family,

I am so sorry for your great loss...please know you are in our hearts and prayers. It was an honor to stand today on the "tribute line" at Peterson AFB. God bless you and keep you!
Janice Miller
May 6, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The O'Connell Family
May 6, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gerry Colby-McCaffrey
May 6, 2011
To Joyce and the entire Brodeur family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Lisa McKiernan
May 6, 2011
To the Brodeur Family,
We did not know Major David personally, but knew of him through Louie and Susan. He gave the ultimate sacrifice of himself to our Country...for which we are deeply grateful. We pray for you and your family to be given the strenth to go on and keep his memory alive.....We can visualize God saying to him, "Welcome Home, good and faithful servant...Come and live at peace with me."
Susan's aunt and cousin,
Bertha R. Paquet/ Elaine Y. Olive
May 6, 2011
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
Lyman & Marcia Rugg
May 5, 2011
From one USAFA family to another our hearts are broken too. I will always think of him as my son's buddy whose lives paralleled one another from the track field to the end. Sending love and light. Santha Rathnam, mom of Paul Neslusan
May 5, 2011
To Connie, son Larry, and Family,  my wife Mary and I are sorry to hear of your loss.  David is truly an American Hero....he served Himself, his Family, and his Country proudly.   Although, his life on earth ended too soon, it seems, he accomplished more then most do in many more years.  We know he will be missed by many, but those that live on should do so proud to have been part of his life....knowing he lived trying to make the world a better place for those he loved.
Bob and Mary Pelletier
May 5, 2011
To the Brodeur family,

Just wanted you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am heart broken over your loss and hope that the many beautiful memories help you through this difficult time.

Thinking of you...
Tara-Leigh (Bruso) Fromm
May 5, 2011
To Dave's beautiful family,
Dave was a good friend for 4 years at the Academy. Guys wanted to hang out with him, girls wanted to be with him. He certainly knew how to turn an often long and arduous experience into a good time. He is most certainly missed. While we lost a good buddy, you lost everything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and if you ever need anything, the Wolverines and Phantoms of '99 will be there for you. God Bless you all in this time of terrible sorrow.
Here's a Toast... -Dave Sloat, '99 CS-24
Dave Sloat
May 4, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. David will always be remembered as a hometown hero.
Brooke Beverly
May 4, 2011
God bless you and your family. You are a true American hero.
Kate
May 4, 2011
God bless Major Brodeur and his family for his service and sacrifice for our country.
Don Bullard
May 4, 2011
Todd and Jo-Ellen, the girls and I are praying for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
Dorrie, Ashley, and Morgan Cronan
May 4, 2011
To the Brodeur family
Our hearts ache for you over the loss of your beloved son, David. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dick and Elaine Sills
May 4, 2011
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
Francis J. Trapasso & Assoc.
May 4, 2011
Having known David in high school and understanding his decorated and astounding accomplishments both personally and professionally since, I believe David is a model and example for younger generations to follow. As I read tribute after tribute to David from across the globe, I can see he has touched people around the world in a positive way. On behalf of my wife and children I thank David and his family for the sacrifices they have made during his life and in his passing. David will not be forgotten nor will his legacy. Godspeed.

With a very heavy heart,
Todd M. Hammond
Todd Hammond
May 4, 2011
So sorry for the loss of David. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry & Terry Cronin
May 4, 2011
I didn't know David , but I offer the family a special prayer , May God take him into his arms for all he did for his Country & the aparent love he had for his family & friends . I would like to thank his wife for sharing in all the time he gave to the U.S.A. in his carrier so all of us can have the freedom we have today .
Buddy Beckwith
May 4, 2011
To the family and friends of MAJOR BRODEUR please accept not only my sympathy, but also my sincere thanks for his dedication and service to our country
due to his sacrifice and yours we live in a place where we have so many rights that would not be afforded without your sacrifice. God Bless you and God Bless America. Sincerely, Sandra Masson
Sandra Masson
May 4, 2011
To the entire Brodeur family,
My sincerest condolences for your loss of David while he was doing his duty for our country. May time dim your pain and illuminate your fondest memories. I am sorry for your incredible loss and send my sympathy.
Judith (Baltramaitis) Bilodeau
May 4, 2011
We honored this man today, as we stood and rendered military honors at Peterson AFB, Colorado. Thanks to the Brodeur family for Major Brodeur's service to his country.
Kevin Moore
May 4, 2011
May God watch over all of you at this difficult time. David was a true hero to ALL Americans. My thoughts and prayers are with all of David's family.
David, thank you for protecting us!!
A Thankful American
May 4, 2011
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY YOUR SERVICE WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Scott Nadeau
May 4, 2011
To the entire Brodeur family,
My condolences to all of you. I remember the day he left for the Air Force...it was his dream and he was living his dream. I am so blessed to have had him part of my life. He was an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.
Amy Hall
May 4, 2011
SEMPER FI, MAJOR BRODEUR...MAY THE GOOD LORD GUIDE YOU WITH HIS DIVINE LIGHT, STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN. MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, AND MAY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FIND STRENGTH TO GO ON, DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME...
JOSEPH DIVIRGILIO
May 4, 2011
Thank you for your sacrifice for our country.
Cathy Purtle
May 4, 2011
To the Brodeur family...while I do not know you my heart goes out to you. I honor David for all he was and all he stood for. May God keep you at peace.
Linda Pytko
May 4, 2011
to a hero i say thank you nv
May 4, 2011
To the Brodeur family,

Our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian, Lynn, Randi-Lynn & Megan Bruso
May 4, 2011
My fellow vet...may light prepetual shine upon you. You must now protect you family from above!

God bless you and Thank You for making us safer...

A Vietnam Vet
May 4, 2011
To all of Major David's family,

Goodbyes are not forever
And nor is it the end
When Angels come to call away
A loved one or a friend.
The empty place that's left behind
within this world we know
Reminds us just how brief a stay
we have before we go.
So when it's time to bid farewell
To one we'll dearly miss
Let's just say we'll meet again
and promise them with this......
The true gift is that love remains
Although we now must part....
Until forever and beyond
I'll keep you in my heart.

Rest in Peace,David!!! Lots and lots of prayers for you,Susan and children as you go through this very difficult time in your lives. Always remember that love never dies,and your husband & father is with you all every second of the day,everyday.
S. S.
May 4, 2011
To the Brodeur Family, my thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Maj. Brodeur but as a mother of Marine I wanted to let you know how thankful I am that he served his country only to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I am sure he has his arms wrapped around his family and is watching over them with love and pride. I wish you all strength in the coming days. May God Bless you all.

A Marine Mom
May 4, 2011
To the family and friends of Maj. Brodeur,
May your soldier rest in peace. I want to thank all of you for his service to our country and for my freedom...he is an inspiration to all that enjoy their freedom. Maj. Brodeur, your a hero...prayers and my deepest sympathy to your wife and children....peace & love....a proud auburn resident...and even prouder american.
May 4, 2011
Please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of Major Brodeur. As a fellow Veteran I can only applaud his Patriotic Life Style of Defending ones Country. May you rest in peace with your fellow Heros Sir. God Bless and Keep your Memory alive in your Family.
franklyn jones
May 4, 2011
My deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your beloved son David. I pray that the Lord will strengthen you and your family in the difficult days ahead.
Lydia Brunell
May 3, 2011
I am Deeply Saddened to learn of the loss of Maj David L. Brodeur. The Price this Brave Airman and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Not Be Forgotten.
There will Never Be Enough Ways to Humbly Thank our Young Heroes for their Sacrifices, my brother among them, killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

I am sincerely hoping that you can feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the difficult days ahead, as this Grateful Country mourns with you, for Someone Very Precious to you, Who Is A True American Hero to all of us.

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee." ~ Psalm 55:22 ~

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
May 3, 2011
My deepest sympathy for your loss..Dave will not be forgotten..Still remember that smile of his lighting up the hallways of Auburn High!
Beth
May 2, 2011
You will not be forgotten David.
Jim
May 2, 2011
Dear Larry, Joyce, Todd and Amanda,
My deepest sympathy your loss. David's memory and scarifice will live on forever. We are blessed to people like him to protect us and the world ever day.

Michael Quink and Family
Michael Quink
May 2, 2011
Dear Larry, Joyce and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers and hope all our thoughts can give you strength. We all know how proud you were of David.

Bonnie & Jim Paulhus
May 1, 2011
Dear Larry, Joyce, Todd and Amanda, and also to David's wife and children,
Our thoughts and prayers and with you all during this very difficult time. May God's love give you strength during your time of sorrow.
Ralph & Denise Marois
May 1, 2011
Good bless family and friends who mourn the loss of a great man.
Amy Rivera
May 1, 2011
MAJ. DAVID L. BRODEUR
You are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever,
Gary Allain
April 30, 2011
Dear Larry, Joyce, Todd, Amanda and the entire Brodeur family,

Our hearts are broken over the loss of David. He is a true American hero. He will NEVER be forgotten. We love you.

The Delongchamp Family
April 30, 2011