Who was saving Private Niland?

Sgt. Frederick Niland (1920-1983) was a real life soldier who was returned from Europe following the deaths of two of his brothers in action during the D-Day invasion. A third brother was thought to have been killed in Burma, but turned up as a POW.

Sgt. Niland, a paratrooper, was not in combat at the time and was simply located and then reassigned to stateside duty as an MP for the rest of the war.