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Edward Shames

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Edward D. Shames
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1st Lieutenant Edward Shames, 1945
Born (1922-06-13) June 13, 1922 (age 98)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army seal United States Army
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Service number13117836 (enlisted)
Unit101st Airborne Division
  • I Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
  • E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Operation Overlord
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
RelationsDavid Shames, father
Sadie Shames, mother
Anna Shames, sister
Simmie Shames, sister
George Shames, brother

Colonel Edward D. Shames (born June 13, 1922) is a retired United States Army enlisted man and officer who later served in the U.S. Army Reserve. During World War II he was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Shames is the last surviving officer and oldest surviving member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Early life[edit]

Shames was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the son of David and Sadie Shames. His father died when he was five.[1]

Military Service[edit]

World War II[edit]

Shames read about and applied for duty with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. In August 1942, Shames was called to active duty. He was sent to Toccoa, Georgia for training, starting as a private in Item Company, 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.[1]

In England, Shames was promoted to Operations Sergeant.[2] Prior to the paratroopers making their jump on D-Day, he built the sand tables the airborne unit used in planning the airdrop into Normandy.

Shames made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. On 13 June 1944, he received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant, although the formal commission was completed in England.[3] He was the first NCO in the Third Battalion to receive such a commission in Normandy.[4] He was transferred to Easy Company and took charge of its third platoon.

Shames fought with Easy Company in Operation Market Garden and volunteered for Operation Pegasus led by Frederick Heyliger.[5] He was wounded once in his left leg during the campaigns.[3] He then fought with the rest of E Company in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. In Foy, Shames and Paul Rogers knocked out a German tank with a bazooka.[6] In Germany, he saw some of the concentration camps in which the Germans imprisoned Europe's Jews and was deeply affected, because he is Jewish.[3]


After World War II, he served in the United States Army Reserve and retired as a colonel.

In popular culture[edit]

Shames was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Joseph May.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Airborne: The Combat Story of Ed Shames of Easy Company, Ch 1
  2. p.54, Alexander
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Edward Shames's Biography
  4. p.117, Winters
  5. Location 895, Ooms
  6. p.298, Alexander
  • Alexander, Larry (2011). In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battlefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth. NAL Trade. ISBN 978-0-451-23315-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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