Last Surviving Officer of the WWII Band of Brothers Dies at 99

by Leah Rosenberg

Band of Brothers was an HBO miniseries that portrayed Col. Ed Shames’ famous division during WWII. What they accomplished was unbelievable.

Famous Band of Brothers Officer Passes Away

Edward Shames, a Jew himself, was the last surviving officer of the WWII Band of Brothers. He died at the age of 99 peacefully in his home. Col. Ed Shames was a true hero, and he and his men helped defeat Germany in WWII. So many young men and women put their lives on the line to help fight against Hitler and his forces. With the passing of Ed Shames, only one surviving member of the Easy Company remains: Bradford Freeman, a 97-year-old.

Shames and his men famously raided Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in 1945 after Germany surrendered. They looted everything, as he mentions. Hitler tried to destroy the entire Jewish people. And what happened? He failed. Shames stole bottles of cognac that he later used at his oldest son’s bar mitzvah. Hitler lost. And this action was just one small proof of that.

Col. Shames was also one of the first Americans who helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp.

In the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Jonathan May played the World War II paratrooper in the Easy Company. The series was directed by Tom Hank and Steven Spielberg.

May Edward Shames’ heroism live on forever. The world should know of his story and of the bravery that he and his men showed throughout fighting one of the most evil forces in history.

Dr. Risch

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