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
. Steven Spielberg's
film Saving Private Ryan
is loosely based on the brothers' story.
Fritz fought with the 501st through the first few days of the Normandy campaign. Several days following D-Day, Fritz had gone to the 82nd Airborne Division
to see his brother, Bob. Once he arrived at division, he was informed that Bob had been killed on D-Day.
Fritz was shipped back to England, and, finally, to the U.S. where he served as an MP
in New York until the completion of the war. Fritz was awarded a Bronze Star
for his service.. This story is evidenced in Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of... Read More