Band of Brothers officer Edward Shames dies aged 99

Edward Shames died peacefully at home on Friday (Image: Getty)

Retired Colonel Edward Shames, a World War II veteran whose service was portrayed in the HBO Emmy-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, has died.

Shames died peacefully at his home in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, according to his obituary.

He was one of the first Jewish-American soldiers incarcerated in the Dachau concentration camp, and the story of his military unit inspired the book and series in which Shames, starring Joseph May. shown.

American war drama series, which won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for best skit in 2001, created by Steven Spielberg and actors Tom Hanks as an executive producer.

His obituary also stated that Shames was the last surviving officer and the oldest surviving member of Easy Company.

Tom Hanks is one of the show’s executive producers (Image: Getty)
Steven Spielberg is also involved in the project (Photo Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

In 2012, Shames described the harsh training he underwent in Georgia before being first sent to combat.

“A 25-mile march to us is like a Sunday walk,” he said.

‘We had to walk 10 to 12 miles to our training area at Toccoa, then train all day and walk 10 or 12 miles back to camp every day.

“You could hear shrapnel hitting the side of the plane and when we jumped out you could hear bullets going through the parachute.”

During the war, Shames was ‘known as a stubborn and very outspoken soldier who demanded the highest standards from himself and others, which led him’ to participate in a number of battles. most important battle. ‘

Shames ‘had a devoted and beloved ‘wife’ named Ida Aframe, who passed away in 2019, two sons, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for the retired colonel was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk on Sunday.

His family is asking for tribute donations to be made in honor of Shames for the Wounded Veterans Project or the American Veterans Center in Arlington, Virginia.

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