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KAHN Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Milton M. Kahn 96 years of age, my father, and a World War II veteran and Bronze Star Recipient which was awarded due to his attention to duty, professionalism in the face of hostilities and conduct which exemplified his military bearing, has succumb to the ravages of age and bladder cancer at the Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. Thank God for Haven Hospice and the caregiving to a war veteran who fought to the end. Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941 he was an avid model-airplane enthusiast and won numerous awards during his late teenage years in this sport; his most prestigious award came in the 1930s for the longest solo flight of an unmanned-remote-controlled aircraft First Place trophy. Milton was from Philadelphia, Pa. and attended Penn State University but, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of the war with the intentions of being a glider pilot but his eye sight required him to forego that desire. His photographic knowledge permitted him to become an Army Air Corp photographer and he flew on many bombing sorties taking photographs of the aerial engagements. During this period of service he was awarded the Bronze Star for several daring photographic activities, but the most notable was the building of a photographic duplicator. This feat was accomplished, while in a military forward encampment, in the middle of the desert utilizing only left over military equipment and his acute knowledge of mechanical devices. This handmade piece of photographic equipment replicated hundreds of aerial target photographs in a short time so that all pilots on the bombing mission would have a detailed photograph of the bombing target. Milton was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of the military campaign which confronted the infamous German army s General Rommel The Desert Fox and to have been part of the army that overcame that formidable military unit. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, he pursued numerous business interests especially in the advertisement field related to marketing. He filed numerous patents related to devices in a myriad of fields which enhanced many mechanical tools still used today. Milton was a member of the Jacksonville Captains Club and the Coast Guard Auxiliary District 7 Command. Milton is survived by his loving wife of seventy years, Marilyn Claire Mitchell-Kahn of Jacksonville; his son and daughter-in-law Michael and Linda Kahn of Ocala, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Jeff Septer of Gainesville, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law Marlene and David Tighe of Jupiter, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law Marian and Steven Gaines of Portland, Oregon. Milton is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grand-children. Milton was a strong, dynamic man and patriarch of the family, he was the conduit that held the family together and he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the community. A military ceremony will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218 on Monday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. where Milton will be interred.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 15, 2012
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