Midway Weather

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Doctor Cemetery

When I first arrived on station, a few folks told me the story of the Doctor Cemetery.  Though it sounded like a myth, I found the site after a few days of hunting.
Midway became continuously inhabited by the US Navy starting in 1903.  In the early 1900s the island physician would embalm anyone who passed away until a passing ship would take the body back to the mainland.  If the physician died, no one on station knew how to preserve the body and they were interred on the island at the cemetery.

This afternoon I took advantage of the nice weather to spend some time cleaning the tombs.

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