Daniel Bohn was born in 1874 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1894 when he was just 20 years old, and was required to wait a year – until he was 21 – to receive his medical license. A member of the Blair County Homeopathic Society and the Pennsylvania Homeopathic Medical Society, Dr. Bohn began his general practice in in Lebanon County and later moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania. In Altoona, he continued practicing as well as serving on the staff at Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Bohn enlisted in the United States Army on August 26, 1917, and served as a Captain in the Medical Department. In July of 1918, he arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, where he inspected the Army reservations for cleanliness and sanitation and provided general medical care for the soldiers and officers stationed in the camps.
His battalion sailed for France on September 8, 1918 and arrived on the 21st. While in France, he was stationed in several small towns and often made the rounds of Army camps in the surrounding areas. Dr. Bohn wrote: “The work consists of holding sick call in the morning and then making the rounds on a Ford Ambulance of several camps of soldiers and visiting several towns and coming home for dinner, after which we go out the other way and visit another camp and several other towns.”
After the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, Dr. Bohn continued his service in the Is-sur-Tille region of France and was honorably discharged from the Army on July 22, 1919.
Pages from Dr. Bohn's diary, September 1918