Edward Shames, the last member of the ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99

An obituary, published by Hollomon Brown’s funeral and crematorium, said the infamy “died peacefully at home.”
During World War II, Shams “was a member of the famous Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division now known internationally as the “Band of Brothers,” according to Call. The Easy Company’s story was later immortalized in the HBO series Band of Brothers. , based on the New York Times bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose. (CNN and HBO are part of WarnerMedia.)

According to the obituary, Chamis “participated in some of the most important battles of the war. He made his first combat jump in Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord.” The newspaper pointed out that Shamis “was famous for being a stubborn and outspoken soldier who demanded the highest standards of himself and of his fellow soldiers.”

“In Germany, he was the first member of the 101st to enter the Dachau concentration camp, a few days after it was liberated,” the obituary said.

When Germany surrendered, Shames” and his men from the Easy Company entered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest where “Shames” managed to get a few bottles of cognac, a label stating that it was “for Führer use only.” He would use the cognac to toast his eldest son’s bar mitzvah,” according to Obituary.

After the war, Shams worked as an expert on Middle Eastern affairs with the National Security Agency. He later served in the US Army Reserve Division and retired with the rank of colonel.

CNN has reached out to the US Army for comment.

“His faithful and beloved wife Ida beat him to death,” his obituary said. “They had a beautiful, loving marriage for 73 years. They traveled the world together making lifelong friends.”

A ceremony near the graves will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, Sunday morning, the funeral home said.


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