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Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers.

Naturalized citizens in the Army

On August 5, 1918, four hundred soldiers stationed at Camp Meade, MD, proudly lined up in front of a large American flag draped across a wall in the YMCA building. At the appointed hour they took the naturalization oath and became citizens of the United States. Included were men from Europe, Asia, and Central America, all of whom had enlisted in the Army before they were even eligible for citizenship. Judge Moss, of Annapolis administered the oath.

These men came to the United States and enlisted in the army while World War I raged. By doing this, they took the chance of being sent to Europe to fight before becoming citizens, thus demonstrating exceptional devotion to their new country.

Other soldiers stationed at the camp acted as sponsors for the new citizens, testifying to their character and fitness for citizenship as evidenced by their behavior on the post. These new citizens swore allegiance to the Constitution and the Army while their sponsors swore to their faithfulness to their units and other soldiers.



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