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A 100-year-old WWII veteran died of Covid-19. His twin brother died 100 years earlier in the flu pandemic

April 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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 grandson said.

(CNN)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 grandson said.

Philip Kahn is the oldest veteran in Nassau County, New York, according to his family, and had been fearful of another pandemic happening in his lifetime, his grandson, Warren Zysman, told CNN.

"It was something he brought up quite frequently," Zysman said.

His brother died weeks later, his grandson said.

Kahn was a sergeant in the US Army Air Force during WWII, Zysman said, and acted as an engineer and co-pilot, keeping war planes fueled.

He received two Bronze Battle Stars for his service in WWII, his grandson said.

After the war, he worked as an electrical foreman to help build the World Trade Center, Zysman said.

In Long Island, Kahn lived on his own and walked one to two miles a day, Zysman said.

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.

"He had always wanted a large military funeral, but we weren't able to provide that to him," Zysman said.

The cemetery arranged for two people in the armed forces to perform a military ceremony, and a man whose father was a Marine during WWII played the bugle at Kahn's funeral from a distance, Kahn's grandson said.

"He volunteered because the Air Force protected the Marines by providing cover for them and he felt it was a honor to do this for my grandpa," Zysman said.

Sampson Lester Friedman, Khan's friend who served with him during WWII in the Army Air Force, attended the funeral and gave a tribute to Kahn, which Zysman recorded on video and provided to CNN.

"Pretty much every holiday, every event, he would also bring up his brother Samuel," Zysman said.

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