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A 100-year-old World War II veteran who died from Covid-19 lost a twin brother to the 1918 pandemic a century earlier, his twin brother died in the Spanish Flu pandemic and they have become “pandemic bookends”.
His grand son Warren Zysman said “It was something he brought up quite frequently,” “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 and his twin brother, Samuel, were born on December 5, 1919. His brother died weeks later, his grandson said.
Philip Kahn a decorated World War II veteran from Great Neck, N.Y. — passed away in his home on Friday, according to a Facebook post made by Dr. Corey Karlin-Zysman on behalf of Kahn’s grandson, Warren Zysman.
He was very aware of what was happening with coronavirus since he watched the news all the time, and in the last days before his death on April 17, Kahn experienced coughing and respiratory symptoms of the virus, his grandson said.
“He talked about his brother a lot in the last few days,” Zysman said. The 100-year-old veteran received a coronavirus test, but his family did not get the results until after Kahn passed away.
“He had always wanted a large military funeral, but we weren’t able to provide that to him,” Zysman said.
In 1946, Kahn got married and he and his wife, Rose raised two daughters, his wife Rose died in August of 2010 at the age 96.
Kahn is survived by daughter Lynn Zysman and her husband, Simon, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
His burial was Monday at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon according to his family.