Preston T Niland and Robert J Niland, the Niland brothers of Saving Pvt Ryan fame; No. 128 B, Normandy's D-Day Beaches, page 114, "1000 Places To See Before You Die."
Robert T. Niland, US Army soldier; Sergeant, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Killed in action on the first day of the Normandy Invasion, he was the brother of 2Lt Preston T. Niland, who was killed the next day, on June 7. After the War Department was informed of their deaths, a third brother, Frederick "Fritz" Niland, was ordered sent home. (Another brother, Edward Niland, who was a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces, had been reported missing over Burma in May 1944; he survived the war in a Japanese POW camp.) This incident was one of the inspirations for the film "Saving Private Ryan." Robert was awarded the Purple Heart; he is buried at the Normandy Cemetery next to Preston. (bio by: Paul F. Wilson)