Shames died last Friday at the age of 99 at his home in the state of Virginia, according to the obituary of the ‘Hollomon-Brown’ funeral home.
Edward Shames ( Virginia, June 13, 1922), a retired colonel in the United States Army, died at his home last Friday at the age of 99.
This was communicated by the Hollomon-Brown funeral home through a statement also published by ‘ CNN ‘. Shames was the last survivor of the Easy Company, a company belonging to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division, which were part of the US armed forces.
The ‘Easy Company’, according to the obituary published by the funeral home, is also known as the ‘ Band of Brothers’, of which he was the last survivor.
Participated in the most important battles of World War II.
This colonel participated in some of the most important battles of World War II, such as Operation Overlord, in which he made his first combat jump in Normandy. In addition, it was also present in others such as ‘Operation Pegaso ‘ and ‘ Operation Market Garden ‘.
On the other hand, he was one of the members of the Airborne Division who entered the Dachau concentration camp (Germany), inaugurated in 1933 by the German SS and which was liberated by the Americans on April 29, 1945. Such and as the obituary states, Shames and the rest of the members of the Easy Company entered the ‘Kehlsteinhaus’ (in Spanish, ‘Nido del Águila’ ), which was the official residence of Adolf Hitler.
He worked as an expert on Middle East affairs
Once retired, one of this colonel’s jobs was to serve in the United States National Security Agency, where he worked as an expert on Middle East affairs. He also carried out other duties in the US Army, within the Reserve Division.
His “outstanding leadership” and the “respect he earned” from his peers are among the top achievements Shames is credited within the obituary.
The cause of death was not revealed.