Two brothers who inspired 'Saving Private Ryan'
- 2/Lt Preston Niland 22nd Infantry and Sgt Robert Niland 505th PIR.
- Robert was killed on D Day and Preston on 7th June. A third brother was thought killed in the Pacific, so the fourth was allowed home. However, the brother in the Pacific actaully survived the war.
- It was their story which inspired the script writers for 'Saving Private Ryan'
Private Werlie Gleason of California was killed on July 25, 1944. This past Christmas, 59 years later, someone left him a wreath decorated with Christmas ornaments and an American flag.
Take your time and show your respect for those who died here protecting Europe. The round wall next to at the memorial has the names of those who died at the landing.
Features weapons and equipment that was found in the ocean and on the beach .
Provided a great glimpse into history
As you enter the cemetery, approaching the beach, you will see the memorial and its reflecting pool. The memorial houses a 22-foot high bronze sculpture, maps of the invasion, and bronze urns.
As you first enter the cemetery, take this walkway to the beach. Here you will overlook Omaha Beach, where one of the bloodiest battles raged during the amphibious assault.
The cemetery overlooks the Omaha Beach. Along this coast fierce batlle dominated the first days of the invasion...