The last “Band of Brothers” officer, Edward Sharms, dies at the age of 99


Norfolk, Virginia (AP) —World War II veteran Edward Sharms, the last surviving officer of the “Easy Company” who influenced the HBO miniseries and the book “Band of Brothers,” has died. rice field. He was 99 years old.

According to an obituary posted by Holomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Shames in Norfolk, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Friday.

Shame was involved in some of the most important battles of World War II. During the war, he was a member of the famous Easy Company, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division.

“He jumped into Normandy for his first battle on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. He volunteered for Operation Pegasus, then fought the Easy Company in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. I fought. Obituary.

Shames was the first 101 member to attend the Dachau Intensive Camp just days after liberation.

“When Germany surrendered, Ed and Easy Company’s troops entered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, where he obtained several bottles of cognac, a label indicating” President’s use only. ” He then used cognac to toast his eldest son, Bar Mitzvah, “said the obituary.

After the war, Shames worked as an expert on Middle Eastern issues at the National Security Agency. He also belonged to the US Army Reserve and later retired as a colonel.

Easy Company was the subject of Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book, Band of Brothers, which was the basis for the HBO miniseries. Created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the 2001 miniseries followed the Easy Company from training in Georgia in 1942 to the end of the war in 1945. Shame was portrayed by British actor Joseph May.

Shame is survived by his sons Douglas and Stephen, four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

According to the funeral hall, a graveyard service will take place on Sunday morning at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.


This story was edited to correct the name of Operation Overlord, Operation Overlord, rather than Overlord.