Ed Shames Death – 1st Lieutenant Edward D. “Ed” Shames was a Commissioned Officer with Easy Company. Shames was born in Norfolk, Virginia. His father died when he was five years old. In September 1942, Shames joined the Army, Volunteering for the Paratroopers. He was sent to Toccoa, Georgia for training. He started as a private for Item Company, Third Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and was promoted to Operations Sergeant in England.
Shames made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. On 13 June 1944, he was promoted to Second Lieutenant, although the formal commission was completed in England. He was the first NCO in the Third Battalion to receive a battlefield commission in Normandy. He was transferred to Easy Company and took charge of its third platoon.
hames fought with Easy Company in Operation Market Garden and volunteered for Operation Pegasus led by Lt. Frederick “Moose” Heyliger. He was wounded once in his left leg during campaigns and fought in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. In Foy, he was ordered, along with Sgt. Paul Rogers, by Lt. Dike to knock out a German tank with a bazooka. According to Band of Brothers, Capt. Winters opined that Shames wouldn’t make a good leader, commenting “…he’s seen too many war movies…” and “…thinks that he has to yell all the time”. Sgt. Malarkey also casually commented that it would be nice if Shames left with Dike.
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