Edward David Shames was a United States Army, an enlisted man. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. During World War II he was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was 99 years old at the time of death.
He was the last surviving officer at the time of death. Following the death of Roderick G. Strohl in December 2019, the oldest surviving member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
He was Jewish and reported being deeply affected by his personal viewing of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. He was one of the best army men.
He was really a famous army in the camp. Shames was the first member of the 101st to enter the Dachau concentration camp, just days after its liberation.
“When Germany surrendered, Ed and his men of Easy Company entered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest where Ed managed to acquire a few bottles of cognac, a label indicating they were ‘for the Fuhrer’s use only.’ Later, he would use the cognac to toast his oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah,” the obituary said.
After the war, Shames worked for the National Security Agency as an expert on Middle East affairs. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve Division and later retired as a colonel.
Edward Shames Cause Of Death
According to an obituary posted by the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Shames passed away “peacefully at home.”
“He made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord,” said the obituary.