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 Robert J. “Bob” Niland

Robert J. “Bob” Niland

Birth
Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 6 Jun 1944 (aged 24–25)
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot F, Row 15, Grave 11
Memorial ID 7053 · View Source
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World War II United States Army Soldier. One of four brothers from Towanda, New York who served in the United States Army during World War II, their true story was the loose basis for the acclaimed 1998 motion picture “Saving Private Ryan” by director Steven Spielberg. Technical Sergeant Bob Niland, D Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was killed in action during the Allied Forces D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. It was believed later that two other of the siblings had been casualties, so the fourth sibling, Sergeant Frederick "Fritz" Niland of the 501st Parachute Infantry regiment, was sent home to the United States to avoid further loss to the family. Their brother, Second Lieutenant Preston Niland of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, was killed near Utah Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944. Technical Sergeant Bob Niland and Lieutenant Preston Niland lie side-by-side in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial near Colleville-sur-Mer, France.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Nov 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert J. “Bob” Niland (1919–6 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7053, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .