Shames “was involved in some of the most important battles of the war. He made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord,” according to the obituary. Shames “gained a reputation as a stubborn and very outspoken soldier who demanded the highest of standards from himself and his fellow soldiers,” it said.
“In Germany, he was the first member of the 101st to enter Dachau concentration camp, just days after its liberation,” said the obituary.
When Germany surrendered, Shames “and his men of Easy Company entered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest where” Shames “managed to acquire a few bottles of cognac, a label indicating they were ‘for the Fuhrer’s use only,’ said the obituary. “Later, he would use the cognac to toast his oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah,” according to the obituary.
After the war, Shames worked as an expert on Middle East affairs with the National Security Agency. He later served in the US Army Reserve Division and retired as a colonel.
CNN has reached out to the US Army for comment.
Shames “was preceded in death by his devoted and beloved wife, Ida,” said his obituary. “They had a beautiful and loving marriage for 73 years. They traveled the world together making lifelong friends.”
A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sunday morning, according to the funeral home.
Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99