NORFOLK, Va. Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of the “Easy Company” that inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers”, has died. He was 99.
An obituary posted by Holoman-Brown Funeral Home and Crematorium said Shams, of Norfolk, Virginia, died peacefully at his home on Friday.
Shams was involved in some of the most important battles of World War II. During the war, he was a member of the famous Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
“He made his first combat jump in Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. He volunteered for Operation Pegasus and then fought with Easy Company in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. Condolence message.
Shams was the first member of the 101st to enter the Dachau concentration camp, just days after his liberation.
“When Germany surrendered, Ed and his men from the Easy Company entered Hitler’s Eagles’ Nest, where Ed managed to obtain a few bottles of Cognac, a label indicating that they were ‘only for the use of the Führer. were taken.” Later, he would use cognac to toast his eldest son’s bar mitzvah,” the obituary said.
After the war, Shames worked for the National Security Agency as a Middle East affairs specialist. He also served in the US Army Reserve Division and later retired as a colonel.
Easy Company was the subject of Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book, “Band of Brothers”, on which the HBO miniseries was based. The 2001 miniseries, created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, followed Easy Company from its training in Georgia in 1942 to the end of the war in 1945. Shams was portrayed by British actor Joseph May.
Shams is survived by his sons Douglas and Steven, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral home said a burial service would be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sunday morning.