A 100-year-old World War II veteran died of the brand new coronavirus a century after his twin brother was killed within the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic, US media reviews stated.
Philip Kahn fought on the Battle of Iwo Jima and helped with aerial surveys after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Newsday stated Wednesday in its on-line version.
Kahn and his twin Samuel had been born in December 1919 and Samuel died of the Spanish flu not lengthy after, the Long Island newspaper stated, quoting his household.
His grandson Warren Zysman stated Kahn had been afraid of one other pandemic coming alongside throughout his lifetime.
“It was something he brought up quite frequently,” Zysman instructed CNN.
“I would have conversations with him, he would say to me, ‘I told you history repeats itself, 100 years is not that long of a period of time.'”
Kahn skilled coronavirus signs equivalent to coughing earlier than his loss of life on April 17 and knew he may need it, Zysman instructed CNN.
“He talked about his brother a lot in the last few days,” Zysman stated.
Kahn enlisted within the US Army Air Corps pilot coaching program in 1940, and after the United States entered the struggle he served within the Pacific — on the Battle of Iwo Jima and later within the firebombing raids over Japan, Newsday stated. He was awarded two bronze stars.
“War is terrible,” he instructed Newsday on his 98th birthday in 2017.
“Soldiers get killed, but the civilians suffer, too, and the women and children suffer the worst.”
Kahn was buried Monday at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island, Newsday stated.
Kahn is just not the one particular person to die from the brand new coronavirus after dropping a sibling to the 1918-19 Spanish flu.
A 96-year-old girl who died in San Antonio, Texas on April 14 misplaced an older sister to the pandemic, News4SA reported, though she by no means knew her sibling.
The deadliest pandemic in fashionable historical past, Spanish flu killed an estimated 50 million victims and contaminated round 500 million all over the world.
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