Last World War II veteran of the ‘Band of Brothers’ unit, Edward Shames dies

Edward Shames, center, hugs Ed McClung, a veteran of Army Company E of the 506th Airborne Regiment, 101st Airborne Forces, at a 2003 event in Washington, DC.  They are joined by World War II veterans Jack Foley, left, and Joe Lesniewski and Shifty Powers, right and right.

The United States has lost another vivid link to World War II history with the death of the last surviving officer of the US Army regiment that inspired HBO’s award-winning “The Brothers Band.”

Edward Shames, a member of the Easy Company unit whose actions formed the basis of HBO’s miniseries and an earlier book of the same name, died Friday at the age of 99.

An obituary posted by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematorium Shames said “passed away peacefully at home” in Virginia.

Shames, born June 13, 1922 in Norfolk, Virginia, was a member of Easy Company, 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He participated in some of the most important battles of the World. Second World War, first saw action in Normandy on D-Day, volunteered for Operation Pegasus and fought in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, according to the obituary.

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