Captain John H. Miller
Played by Tom Hanks
"Keep the sand out of your weapons. Keep those actions clear. I'll see you on the beach."The Captain and leader of the eight man band sent to find Private Ryan. Captain Miller leads 'Charlie' Company of the 2nd Ranger Battalion during the D-Day landings. He is a Shell-Shocked Veteran, his hand often shaking when in the presence of danger. It is revealed he is a school teacher, due to the squad's Multiple Choice Past bets.
Sergeant Mike Horvath
Played by Tom Sizemore
"This time the mission is the man."Captain Miller's Lancer, Sergeant Horvath is loyal to his captain and has battled alongside him in numerous countries.
Private Richard Reiben
Played by Edward Burns
"My ma, she would've come home, shook me awake, chatted me up 'til dawn. I swear that woman was never too tired to talk."A big mouthed and opinionated soldier from Brookyln, Reiben seems quite close to his friends and openly calls out Captain Miller's orders, particularly when Wade dies and Miller allows Steamboat Willie to leave unharmed, threatening to go AWOL.
Private Daniel Jackson
Played by Barry Pepper
"Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."A religious Cold Sniper and the best marksman in the team. At times he seems to have Bottomless Magazines.
Private Stanley Mellish
Played by Adam Goldberg
"Your father was circumcised by my rabbi, you prick!"A Jewish soldier who is good friend with Caparzo. He is nicknamed "Fish" by his friends.
Private Adrian Caparzo
Played by Vin Diesel
"You gotta pay attention to detail, I know exactly where he's from and I know exactly what he did 'cuz I pay attention to detail."A soldier in Captain Miller's group, played by Vin Diesel. He is assassinated by a sniper and dies a slow death, leaving a letter to his father in the hands of his friends.
Technician Irwin Wade
Played by Giovanni Ribisi
"...the trick to falling asleep is trying to stay awake."The Medic of the team. Wade has a hard time saving the lives of fellow soldiers, but is willing to help anybody out, even wounded Nazis.
Corporal Timothy E. Upham
Played by Jeremy Davies
"I looked up "fubar" in the German dictionary and there's no fubar in here."A translator who speaks French and German, Upham is brought into the squad after Captain Miller's translator was killed.
Private James Francis Ryan
Played by Matt DamonThe Private Ryan in question which Captain Miller's squad go to find. After three of his brothers died, Ryan is demanded to be found and brought home to his greiving mother. The squad find him, but Ryan refuses to leave his duty.
Steamboat WillieA German soldier who is taken prisoner by Captain Miller's squad after Wade is killed. He is eventually allowed to walk free by Miller. Unfortunately, he reappears with disastrous consequences.