Longtime Walton resident battled mosquitos and more in the Spanish American War

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 16:24 PM.
What he knows was learned while sitting with his father and talking about his life and military service.
 
“I remember asking questions back then,” said Aultman, such as, ‘What did you fight?’ He vividly remembers his father’s reply: “Mosquitoes, mostly.”
 
His son related the anecdote with a laugh, but at the turn of the 20th century, mosquito-borne illnesses were no laughing matter.
 
“Of all of the mortalities, 95 percent of those were mosquito-related,” said Aultman of the widespread malaria and yellow fever.


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