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Daniel Carr Main
Major, United States Army
Dr. Daniel Carr Main and Edith Rebecca Maxson. Daniel, born in 1876, years while serving in the Army he practiced at St. Elizabeth's Insane Asylum in Washington, D.C., where he became a specialist in psychiatry. In 1928, Daniel was released from active military duty and placed on reserve status. The family returned to the Pomona Park area where Daniel reestablished his medical practice.

In the early 1930s, Daniel, now a Major in the Medical Reserve Corps was recalled to active service because of his expertise in treating malaria patients. He was assigned to provide medical care for soldiers and veterans suffering from malaria and confined to the military hospital at Isimorada in the Florida Keys. In the late summer of 1935 a hurricane with the lowest sea-level pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere was bearing down on the Florida Keys.

The people of the Keys were instructed to evacuate the islands as a safety measure against the approaching storm. All of the hospital patients who could be moved were transferred to the mainland. A skeleton medical staff remained to attend the non-ambulatory patients. Daniel was prdered to evacuate but his dedication to healing and his commitment to his patients overruled the order. On Monday, September 2, 1935, the hurricane struck Isimorada and the hospital was destroyed. Daniel was killed and was considered a military hero. His grateful nation honored him by providing a burial place in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Edith died on November 3, 1967, at the age of ninety-one, and is interred with Daniel.



MAIN, DANIEL C
CAPT MED CORPS USA
DATE OF DEATH: 09/02/1935
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 5604
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

MAIN, EDITH REBECCA
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/21/1877
DATE OF DEATH: 11/03/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION 4  SITE 5604-WS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF MAIN, DANIEL CARR, CAPT US ARMY


Posted: 4 August 2002 Updated: 15 January 2006