|Corporal Timothy E. Upham|
|Affiliations||United States Army 29th Infantry Division, 116th Regiment|
later transferred over to the United States Army 2nd Rangers Battalion, Company C
|Birth||Approx. 1920 |
He was born in 1915 in the U.S. In 1933, he entered an unnamed College as an English Major, and learned German and French, and graduated in 1936. He said that his accent for German was clean while he only had a slight one for French. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was put in the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division as a cartographer and translator. On June 6th, 1944, after the American Army captured Omaha Beach, Upham landed on that beach with the rest of the 29th Infantry.
On June 9, Captain Miller recruited Upham into his squad to serve as a translator. He had also stated that he had never seen live combat, but had trained to use a weapon in basic training. He appeared to be very nervous about it despite showing eagerness by responding accordingly to Miller.
He accompanied the squad to Neuville on June 10th. On the way he tried to talk to the other soldiers but instead just got laughed at for reading a book about the bonds at develop between soldiers during war and threatened by Mellish for touching him with "rat claws". Only Miller responded in a friendly way by agreeing with Upham for what he was saying about why we go to war.
While in Neuville, he was watched over by Sergeant Horvath under Miller's orders. He later translated for Miller to a French family and tried to calm down a group of Germans and their leader so as to avoid a conflict where the two sides would shoot each other but to no avail.
Later in the night he had a conversation with Miller about a betting pool the company did, anyone who could find out anything about miller's past would get all the money; so long as they bet $5 first of course. They agreed to spilt the prize when it reached $500. Upham tried to sway Miller to wait until it reached $1000. Miller responded "What if we don't live that long?".
When they encountered a radio site being holed up by four Germans, he stayed back outside of the battle for his own safety being inexperienced in combat. He later watched Wade die and tried to plea with Miller that killing one of the soldiers wasn't right.
When Miller did let the soldier go he tried to convince the captain to stop the soldiers from fighting with each other but got an unexpected response with Miller revealing where he was from.During the Battle at Ramelle, he became shell shocked and was unable to save a .30 cal team from a German soldier because he was too frozen with fear to do anything about it. He carried all the .30 calibre ammo at the battle of Ramelle, but was unable to do his job because he was always either pinned down or too afraid to move.
He signified the loss of innocence in war and thought that soldiers could be civil, but he later succumbed to the evils of war and made up for his cowardice when he shot Steamboat Willie for killing Miller despite the later letting Willie go out of mercy.
It became clear that Upham had turned into a true soldier because of the whole experience.
To clarify what Upham said to the Germans here is a short passage of what he said in English.
The words he says in German at the end of the film when conversing with the group of German soldiers are as followed:
Upham: "Drop your weapons - all of you ,drop them!"
Steamboat Willie: "I know this soldier...the kind man."
After Upham shoots him, he says to the others: "Take a hike...RUN!"