Col. Edward Shames — a World War II veteran who fought in some of the most significant battles and was the last surviving officer of the company that inspired the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” — has died at age 99.
Shames died peacefully at his home in Virginia Beach on Friday, according to an obituary posted by the Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory. Shames was preceded in death by his wife — Ida — who died in 2019 after 73 years of marriage. He is survived by his sons Douglas and Steven, four grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Shames was a member of the renowned “Easy Company,” 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Easy Company was the subject of Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book “Band of Brothers.” The book became the inspiration for the 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.