Originally assigned to I Company in the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment he was then transferred to Headquarters Company. He received a battlefield commission during the taking of Carentan in Normandy, and joined Easy Company in July 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant prior to Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.
Born: 13 June 1923 Fort Lee, Virginia
Enlistment date: 25 September 1942
Deployments: Europe - 05 Sep 1943
Units: I, HQ and E Co, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Qualifications: Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Marksman,
Decorations: World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge, Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters , Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard
Discharge Date: 26 Feb 1946
Other Information: Enlisting in September 1942, Ed Shames was to become one of the most respected officers in the 101st Airborne Division, a stickler for detail, he always got the job done and brought his men home.