Announced in the media worldwide today, Col. Ed Shames passed away on Friday at the age of 99. May he join his brothers and rest in peace.
We all know Ed Shames from the epic HBO series ‘Band of Brothers’, based on the book of Steven Ambrose.
Shames jumped into Normandy on D-Day, participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. He was among the first US soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp.
At Berchtesgaden, he would ‘liberate’ a bottle of cognac that was labeled to be ‘for the Führer’s use only’. He would later use it toast his oldest son’s bar mitzvah, according to his obituary.
Shames was the last surviving officer of Easy Company. With his death, there is only one surviving enlisted member: 97-year-old Bradford Freeman.
You can read a lot more facts and see pictures and videos in this article from the Daily Mail.