Edward Shames Death – Cause of Death: Colonel Edward Shames, the last surviving officer of the historic World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company has passed away. He was 99 years old.
According to his obituary, he passed away peacefully at his home on Friday December 3, 2021.
In August, 1942, Ed was called to duty in World War II. During the war, he was a member of the renowned Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division now known globally as the “Band of Brothers.”
Shames made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. On 13 June 1944, he received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant, although the formal commission was completed in England.
He was the first NCO in the Third Battalion to receive such a commission in Normandy. He was transferred to Easy Company and took charge of its third platoon.
Shames fought with Easy Company in Operation Market Gardenand volunteered for Operation Pegasus led by Frederick Heyliger. He was wounded once in his left leg during the campaigns. He then fought with the rest of E Company in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne.
After World War II, Shames worked for the National Security Agency as an expert on Middle East affairs from 1945 to 1982. He also served in the United States Army Reserve and retired as a colonel in 1973.
He is survived by his sons Douglas and Steven, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.