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Presented is the fourth of a set of four US Naval Commission Documents showing the rise in rank of Captain Austin Kautz. This Military Appointment dated June 22, 1917 is signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The signature of President Wilson penned in steel-tip fountain pen displays the characteristic hard lines in his capital letters with a stylish tail to the end of his name.

The Naval career of Captain Kautz is one of distinction and honor. These vestiges of his life in the Navy are an amazing and important group of United States military and US Presidential historical artifacts. He was born into a military family, his father August V. Kautz was a Major General in the US Army, but he followed in the footsteps of uncle Albert Kautz, a Rear Admiral in the US Navy.

Captain Kautz graduated from Leland Stanford University in 1893 and from the Naval Academy at Annapolis four years later. During the Spanish-American War he was on the staff of Admiral Sampson. In the World War he commanded the USS Pittsburgh, convoying troop ships through danger zones. Kautz was awarded the Navy Cross for distinguished service in World War I. Other ships which he commanded before and after the war were the Detroit, the Glacier, the Denver and the battleship Wyoming. Captain Kautz died in 1927 at the age of 53. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, as are his father and uncle. Photograph of Kautz not included. Authentication by James Spence Authentication (JSA)

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Autographed Naval Appointment Document For Austin Kautz

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