October 7, 2022

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The last member of "Band of Brothers" dies at the age of 99

The last member of “Band of Brothers” dies at the age of 99

Edward D. Shams (center) with four other members of The Easy Company in 2003. © AP

Edward de Chamis, the American war hero who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, has died at the age of 99 in his home. Shamis was the last living member of the so-called “Gang of Brothers,” a group of elite soldiers and paratroopers about whom a book was published in 1992 and a miniseries on HBO in 2001.

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Shams landed as a paratrooper in Normandy on 6 June 1944 and then took part in several Allied attacks. “Ed has earned a reputation for being very stubborn and outspoken, and demanding the highest standards for himself and his fellow soldiers,” his obituary reads.

After the surrender of Germany, Shams entered the Kehlsteinhaus for the Nazis in Bavaria with his fellow soldiers. There, Shams found a number of bottles of brandy, according to obituary reports, which were intended “for the Führer only.” It is said that Chamis drank brandy at his eldest son’s bar mitzvah.

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