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William D. Kohn Papers

Identifier: M2140

Scope and Contents

Collection contains copies of family related correspondence (1943-1944).


  • April 21, 1943 - July 22, 1944


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The imply Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

William Kohn was born on April 5, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William Kohn, Jr. (a salesman) and Mary Roseman (a dietician). After graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1941, Kohn enlisted in the Army on March 8, 1943 at Allentown, Pennsylvania and was assigned to Company F of the 86th Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. He began training with the 10th at Camp Hale, Colorado where he grew to love the Colorado mountains. Kohn was transferred to Camp Swift, Texas with the rest of the 10th Mountain Division in 1944, and then left Camp Swift to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in September of 1944. He did not return to the 10th after O.C.S., but became a company commander in the 93rd Infantry Division. He served with the 93rd in the Philippines and was eventually stationed in Japan with the Allied occupation forces in 1945 and 1946. Upon discharge he had attained the rank of Sergeant. Kohn returned to the United States after World War II and attended night school at Drexel, Temple, Penn State and Rutgers where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Simonds Abrasive Company in Philadelphia from 1947 to 1970, and then for A.F. Landis Company from 1970 to 1988. An avid hunter and fisherman, Kohn enjoyed skiing, wood carving, collecting and shooting antique firearms, collecting and lecturing on Mountain Troop memorabilia and buying and selling at local flea markets. Kohn was married to Alice Salter and the couple had two children. William Kohn, III, died on August 6, 2007.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; William Kohn III; 1998.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

William D. Kohn Papers
Keli Schmid
June 1, 2021
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Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States