Daniel Carr Main
Major, United States Army
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
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
Posted: 4 August 2002 Updated: 15 January 2006