Saving Private Ryan – Sgt Mike Horvath (Tom Sizemore)
Having served previously with the Rangers in North Africa, and Italy alongside Capt. Miller, Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath (Tom Sizemore) was a member of Company C, 2nd Ranger Battalion, on June 6th, 1944. Although Miller relied heavily on Horvath in leading the company, Horvath knew virtually nothing about his captain’s personal life or history. Following Company C’s attack on Omaha Beach, Miller was assigned to lead a squad in search of a Private James Ryan, a paratrooper whose brothers had all been killed in combat.
In the movie, ranger Captain Miller and Horvath are said to have served together at Kasserine Pass (North Africa, February 1943) and at Anzio (Italy, January 1944). The only Ranger unit at Kasserine Pass was the 1st Ranger Battalion, while the 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions participated in the Anzio landings. The 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalions were lost at Anzio, so it would appear that both men were among the very few to avoid death or capture by the Germans. They were presumably assigned to either the 1st, 3rd or 4th battalions for the Anzio landing, and then reassigned to the 2nd Battalion for the D-Day landing.
A bit of dramatic license can be seen in the tin cans that Horvath carries with him. With all the gear that a Ranger would have to carry with him on D-Day, it would seem unlikely that a soldier would use up valuable space with tin cans full of dirt. Also, the containers appear to be labeled with magic marker, something that had not been invented yet in 1944.
Mike Horvath is a fictional character.