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Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died at 99. Shames made a combat jump on D-Day and later fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

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Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died at 99. Shames made a combat jump on D-Day and later fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

NORFOLK , Va. (AP) — Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 99. An obituary posted by the Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory said Shames, of Norfolk , Virginia , died peacefully at his home on Friday.

December 4, 2021 GMTFILE - Edward Shames, center, hugs Ed McClung, center left, both members of the World War II Army Company E of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne, with veterans Jack Foley, left, Joe Lesniewski, right, and Shifty Powers, far right, at the Library of Congress in Washington, on July 16, 2003. Shames, who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died at age 99. An obituary posted by the Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory said Shames, of Norfolk, Va., died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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FILE - Edward Shames, center, hugs Ed McClung, center left, both members of the World War II Army Company E of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne, with veterans Jack Foley, left, Joe Lesniewski, right, and Shifty Powers, far right, at the Library of Congress in Washington, on July 16, 2003. Shames, who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died at age 99. An obituary posted by the Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory said Shames, of Norfolk, Va., died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 99.An obituary posted by the Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory said Shames, of Norfolk, Virginia, died peacefully at his home on Friday. headtopics.com

Shames was involved in some of the most important battles of World War II. During the war, he was a member of the renowned Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.“He made his first combat jump into 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,” according to the

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obituary.ADVERTISEMENTShames was the first member of the 101st to enter Dachau concentration camp, just days after its liberation.“When Germany surrendered, Ed and his men of Easy Company entered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest where Ed managed to acquire a few bottles of cognac, a label indicating they were ‘for the Fuhrer’s use only.’ Later, he would use the cognac to toast his oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah,” the obituary said.

After the war, Shames worked for the National Security Agency as an expert on Middle East affairs. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve Division and later retired as a colonel.Easy Company was the subject of Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book, “Band of Brothers,” upon 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 all the way to the war’s end in 1945. Shames was portrayed by British actor Joseph May.

Shames is survived by his sons Douglas and Steven, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sunday morning, the funeral home said.___This story has been edited to correct the name of D-Day operation, Operation Overlord, not Overload. headtopics.com

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My husband and I had the honor of having lunch with Col Shames many years ago. He was a very stern gentleman and told us many stories of the Band of Brothers. A true gentleman. Loving the first two responses. I need to get in the game. 🙏✨📿🌹🎖🇺🇸 Rest easy, Sir. CURAHEE! Until we form again. PaulHoward_IMIT 💔

Please don't make news for Ethiopia! We have already recognized your secret agenda 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🍺👍🏼👍🏼 Gotta respect anyone who killed Nazis. Did anyone else read this and think someone was shaming Edward? AlexpiersonAMP Hero

Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II's 'Band of Brothers,' dies at 99Col. Edward Shames has died at the age of 99. He was the last surviving officer of the renowned World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company, now known globally as the 'Band of Brothers.' 😔💕💐💜🙏💪🎖🇺🇸🪦😴✌️🕯 He was a Republican Rest in sweet peace, sir.

This is a series I watch regularly. The people of Easy Company have felt like a little part of my family. This saddens me, but I wish their souls to rest Easy. Thank you for your service. RIP Sir. RIP, soldier. R.I.P. warrior Thank you for your service, Sir and may your memory be a blessing. 🙏🙏 If you haven’t ever watched “Band of Brothers” please halt immediately what you are doing and begin watching it

Damn, that sad to hear 😥 Hero. RIP Patriot. A real one. this is terrible news

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Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II's 'Band of Brothers,' dies at 99Col. Edward Shames has died at the age of 99. He was the last surviving officer of the renowned World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company, now known globally as the 'Band of Brothers.' 😔💕💐💜🙏💪🎖🇺🇸🪦😴✌️🕯 He was a Republican Rest in sweet peace, sir.

Last Remaining World War II 'Band Of Brothers' Member Dies At 99Col. Ed Shames used Hitler's cognac taken from the Eagle's Nest to toast his eldest son's bar mitzvah, his obituary said. 🥺🙏 RIP Hero

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