Report of the Adjutant General of Iowa
Iowa National Guard Activities
Confusion Over Federal Oath
There has been some difficulty in
the Iowa National Guard in regard to the National Defense
Oath. When troops were called into service during the
Mexican Border trouble in 1916 they were required to take a
Federal oath. This oath was taken by all who went to the
Border, but on their return the War Department ruled that
this oath was not an authorized oath and that another must
be sworn to before they would be recognized as a part of
the Federal organization. This was accomplished by the
officers with a good deal of trouble as it was not
thoroughly understood by the men, many of who refused to
subscribe to it.
When the call came for the First
Infantry to report at home stations in March. it was found
when they assembled that many of these men had not taken
the third Federal oath. Some of these took the oath upon
reporting, but an equal number refused and were ordered to
their homes when their organizations were mustered into
Federal service, and retained on the rolls of the Organized
Militia, but have since been discharged. Many of these of
draft age, registered and were taken into the National Army
through the Selective Service system.
State of Iowa 1918,
Report of the
Adjutant General of Iowa, for the Biennial Period Ended June 30, 1918.
Louis G. Lasher, Adjutant General.
Published by the State of Iowa, Des Moines
contributed by Cay Merriman for Iowa in the Great War Special
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