William F. Kahn

World War II
Service #O-732936
RankSecond Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit531st Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From
California
Date of DeathJuly 10, 1943
StatusRecovered
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines
Notes

2nd Lt. Kahn was initially listed as missing in action. Following the war his remains were recovered and repatriated to the U.S. He is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery. His name is permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Silver Star

The Silver Star, established by Act of Congress on 9 July 1918 and amended on 25 July 1963, is awarded to a person who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces, is cited for markedly distinct gallantry while in action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Upon application, it is awarded to individuals who received a citation for gallantry in published orders issued by a headquarters commanded by a general officer in World War I. In precedence for valor, the Silver Star ranks immediately behind the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross.

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Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
Silver Star, Purple Heart