Private Chester Arthur Kuhns

Private Chester Arthur Kuhns

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 6, 1918

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Chester Arthur Kuhns

Private Chester Kuhns died after contracting the Spanish Flu while in the performance of his duties.

Due to the devastation of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 members of the Pennsylvania State Police had been ordered to perform duties such as, assisting nurses and doctors in taking care of influenza victims, serve as pallbearers of influenza victims, assisting health officers, transporting victims to and from hospitals, and to police the Borough of Exeter after the two members of their police force succumbed to the influenza.

Private Chester Kuhns had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for two years. He was survived by his parents and four siblings.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 5, 1918

communicable disease

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Private Chester Kuhns was a victim of the virulent Spanish Flu. My grandmother was also a victim, and so this is personal for me. Worldwide death estimates range as high as 55 million deaths. We are grateful for the service of Chester Kuhns on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

October 6, 2018

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