Edward Shames, Last Band Of Brothers Officer, Dies At 99

He rounded up his men and found a farmhouse. The farmer didn’t speak English and he didn’t speak French, but he took out his maps and, through the farmer’s gestures, found that he was in the town of Carentan, some five miles from a bridge where he was supposed to have touched down. When he got there with his men, he received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant for his resourcefulness.

Lieutenant Shames’s company entered the Dachau concentration camp in Germany a few days after it was liberated by American troops in April 1945.

In “Airborne: The Combat Story of Ed Shames of Easy Company” (2015), written with Ian Gardner, Mr. Shames, in one of many recollections in the book, told of the battlefield carnage he had encountered. But Mr. Shames, who was Jewish, struggled to find words for what he had seen at Dachau.

“The stench and horror of that place will live with me as long I live,” he wrote. “Now, 70 years later, I’d like to tell you more, but it’s buried so deep in my soul that I don’t think the rest of the story can ever come out.”

After the war, Mr. Shames worked for the National Security Agency as a specialist in Middle East affairs. He entered the Army Reserve and retired as a colonel.

In addition to his son Douglas, he is survived by another son, Steven; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His wife, Ida (Aframe) Shames, died in 2019.

When Easy Company reached Eagle’s Nest, it found five Mercedes limousines that had evidently been reserved for Hitler or his aides. Lieutenant Shames took a joy ride of sorts around the retreat. But there was more celebrating to come.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/us/edward-d-shames-dead.html

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