Edward Shames, last surviving officer of the WWII Band of Brothers dies aged 99 Jewish soldier raided Hitler’s ‘Eagle’s Nest’ and was one of the first Americans to help liberate Dachau concentration camp

Retired Colonel Edward Shames, the last surviving officer from the legendary Easy Company of World War II paratroopers whose exploits were featured in the award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, died at age 99 on Friday, Your Content has learned.

Col. Eddie Shames, 99, died peacefully in his home on Friday.

The World War II paratrooper in the Easy Company was played by Jonathan May in a 2001 in an HBO miniseries directed by Tom Hank and Steven Spielberg.

Shames parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, fought in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.

He was one of the first Jewish American soldiers to be held in the Dachau concentration camp.

Famously, he and the members of the Easy Company raided Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest after Germany surrendered in 1945.

There, he stole bottles of cognac that he would later use to toast his oldest son’s bar mitzvah, according to his obituary.

With his death, there is only one surviving member of the Easy Company 97 year old Bradford Freeman,’according to New York Times Post.

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