Robert J. NILAND

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER32200180
AGE25 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1919 Tonawanda Comté d'Erie NEW YORK
ETATComté d'Erie NEW YORK
FAMILYParent: Michael C & Augusta Witzke NILAND
RANKSergeant
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENT NY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT7 novembre 1941 Fort Niagara, Youngstown NEW YORK
COMPANYCompany H
REGIMENT505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
DIVISION82nd Airborne Division
DATE OF DEATH6 juin 1944niland robert j tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHNeuville au Plain
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY de Colleville

Plan du Normandy American Cemetery

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HISTOIRE
The unit of Lieutenant Turner TURNBULL holds its position at Neuville au Plain.
Out of 41 men at the start there are only 14 left.
The Germans were surrounded by the parachutists entrenched at Neuville au Plain.
Under the enemy presentiment Lieutenant TURNBULL decides to fall back on St. Mother Church.
For a faster withdrawal, it is decided to leave the wounded on the spot under the guard of a stretcher-bearer.
Its mission is to prevent the German troops killing the wounded ...
To cover the retreat of the paratroopers two men also remain, one is the Sergeant Robert J NILAND who will be killed soon after.
Thanks to their action of these two paras the Lieutenant TURNBULL and his men were able to get out of the vice of the German troops and to join Mother Church.

 

 


The NILAND Brother

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Monument in Memory of the Brothers NILAND in Tonawanda By Illona

 

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Homage of the Niland brothers to the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville

The NILAND Brothers and the Press

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The brothers NILAND were separated following the dramas of the brothers SULLIVAN.

The US military has decided to separate the brothers serving in the same units to prevent a sibling from being defeated.
The SULLIVAN brothers are all 5 deceased in the sinking of USS JUNEAU.

This ship was torpedoed on November 13, 1942 during the battle of GUADALCANAL.

687 sailors including 5 brothers SULLIVAN died on board

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INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PICTURE SOURCEABMC - Frédéric LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud