Frederick William NILAND

 

"Fritz"

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER12051971
DATE OF BIRTH23 april 1920 Tonawanda Comté d'Erie NEW YORK
STATEErie County NEW YORK
FAMILYParent: Michael C & Augusta Witzke NILAND
RANKSergeant
FONCTIONParatroopper
JOB before ENLISTEMENT NY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT27 november 1942 Buffalo NEW YORK
COMPANYCompany H
BATTALION3rd battalion
REGIMENT501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
DIVISION101st Airborne Division
Photo FDLM div 101 501
STORY

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Frederick was parachuted on Normandy on June 6, 1944.

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Frederick's C-47 was hit when he arrived over the drop zone.
Frederick landed in Raffoville southwest of Carentan.
It took him a week to find his regiment. He joined his regiment around June 12, 1944 on the side of Hill 30
The objective of the 3rd Battalion is to take Exits 1 and 2 at Pouppeville and Haudienville DZ C Hiesville.
Frederick took time to visit his brother Robert who was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

When he arrived at the 82nd Airborne Division, he learned that his brother died in combat on June 6th.

When Frederick learned that his brother Robert had died and buried at St. Mother Church.

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Arriving in front of his brother's grave, he realizes that Preston's first name is another brother.
At first they thought of a mistake but that was not the case.
At the end of the summer of 1944, Father Sampson came to see Fritz before embarking on Operation Market Garden.

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He told him that the President of the United States had ordered him to return to the United States.
"Fritz" refused he still wanted to fight.
A day and a half after he was on his way to the United States.
Following the deaths of his brothers, Frederick is repatriated to the United States where he was employed as Military Police in New York.

 

For his service Frederick received the bronze star. bsm
 

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Frederick died on December 1, 1983.

 

The PVT James F RYAN in the movie "Saving Soldier RYAN" is based on the story of Frederick W NILAN.


INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - ABMC
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud