November 13: Joseph Ernst Kuhn (1935)

Joseph E. Kuhn was a career officer in the United States Army. He attained the rank of major general, and was most notable for his command of the 79th Division during World War I, and his post-war commands of IX Corps, Schofield Barracks, and Vancouver Barracks. Kuhn was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. His parents were immigrants to America from Stuttgart, Germany. Kuhn graduated at the top of his United States Military Academy (USMA) class of 1885. Assigned to the Engineers, he supervised river and harbor projects in Detroit and San Francisco. He also served on the USMA faculty, and planned and oversaw construction of several buildings at the academy. In February 1893, Joseph Kuhn and Caroline Parker, daughter of Major R.C. Parker, were married at the Church of the Epiphany. Caroline Kuhn’s funeral took place at the church 23 years later.

During the Spanish-American War, Kuhn served as assistant to the Chief of Engineers, a role which included supervising Engineer projects related to the coastal defenses of the United States. Kuhn’s later career included serving as an observer of Japan’s army during the Russo-Japanese War, and Germany’s at the start of World War I. During the war, Kuhn commanded the 79th Division, and then the IX Corps. His post-war commands included the Camp Kearny demobilization center in California, Schofield Barracks and the 21st Infantry Brigade in Hawaii, and Vancouver Barracks and the 5th Infantry Brigade in Washington. Kuhn retired in 1925, and resided in San Diego, where he worked as a consulting engineer and became involved in civic causes and charities. He dies in San Diego, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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