[Certificate promoting Oswald Avery to captain in the United States Army]
When Avery joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps he was not commissioned as an officer because he was born in Canada. Due to
his service, however, Avery eventually qualified for citizenship, and was commissioned as a captain in 1918.
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1918-09-26 (September 26, 1918)
United States. Department of War
Original Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Oswald T. Avery Papers
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From Physician to Researcher: Early Laboratory Career and World War I, 1904-1919
The United States of America
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity
and abilities of Oswald Theodore Avery,
I do appoint him Captain in the Medical Corps in
The United States Army
to rank as such from the twenty-sixth day of September,
nineteen hundred and eighteen. He is therefore carefully and diligently to
discharge the duty of the office to which he is appointed by doing and performing all
manner of things thereunto belonging.
And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command
to be obedient to his orders as an officer of his grade and position. And he is to observe and
follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the
future President of the United States of America, or the General or other Superior
Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War.
This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United
States, for the time being, and for the period of the existing emergency, under the provisions
of an Act of Congress approved May eighteen, nineteen hundred and seventeen.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this twenty-sixth day of
September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighteen,
and in the one hundred and forty-third year of the Independence of the United States.