Niland, Robert J., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
812-Heavy Weapons NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Service Years
1941 - 1944


One Service Stripe

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tonawanda, New York
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenD-Day Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1944, D-Day Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1944-1944, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The Niland brothers were four American brothers from Tonawanda, New York, serving in the military during World War II. Of the four, two survived the war, but for a time it was believed that only one, Frederick Niland, had survived. Frederick was sent back to the United States to complete his service and only later learned that his brother Edward, missing and presumed dead, was actually captive in a Japanese POW camp in Burma. Steven Spielberg's film Saving Private Ryan is loosely based on the brothers' story.
Technical Sergeant Robert Niland (1919–June 6, 1944)[1], Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Killed in action on June 6, 1944 in Normandy. He volunteered to stay behind with 2 other men and hold off a German advance while his company retreated from Neuville-au-Plain. He was killed while manning his machine gun; the other two men survived.
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