Adapted from an article in Entomology Today
Historically, more soldiers have died from insects than from bombs or bullets. In addition to malaria and yellow fever, soldiers have faced dengue, typhus, leishmaniasis and other insect-borne diseases.
The United States has taken the threat from insects very seriously. Today the U.S. Army, Navy, and Airforce all have trained entomologists to improve the health and sanitary conditions of their personnel. So on this Memorial Day — we thank our military entomologists, and all others who have served in the U.S. armed forces.