Military Order of the World Wars
Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:59 AM
Established in 1919 to promote the welfare of our nation, the Military Order of the World Wars is an organization that is still in existance today. Prominent members of the MOWW were Gen. Pershing, Gen. MacArthur, Gen. Marshall, Pres. Truman, Gen. Westmoreland, and Pres. Reagan.
Below is a Past Chapter Commander Neck Ribbon as denoted by the gold palms.
Note that the ribbon color is the reverse repeating rainbow of the World War I Victory medal.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:01 PM
Posted 18 February 2007 - 05:01 AM
I know that they sponser a medal for AFJROTC, as 2 of my friends have recieved it. The Medal and Ribbon both have the rainbow material that the above picture is made of.
From the MOWW website, this is the JROTC award for merit:
I do not have any other MOWW medals in my collection. But, if I were to come across any, I would most likely pick them up.
Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:41 AM
Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:13 PM
Have not seen many of this groups badges, but note that prior to WWII they were the Military Order of the World War. After WWII they add the letter 'S' to war; a title they use currently.
The attached photo of early member's badges was breast style and appear to have serial numbers for a while. Note also that these badge have a bar suspension on the badge while the current officers badge has a ring suspension. Does anyone have a current member's badge to illustrate attachment to the ribbon?
Have only found one other type of MOWW badge, a Patrick Henry Patriotic Award in miniature. Assume there must be other awards.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:29 PM
DISTINGUISHING OF NATIONAL OFFICERS
In the January-February-March 1922 National Bulletin, it was prescribed that National Officers and officials of Chapters and Departments would be distinguished by the number of silver palms worn on the neck ribbon as follows:
Commander-in-Chief 4 palms
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief 3 palms
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief 3 palms
Remaining members of General Staff and other National Officers 2 palms
Department Vice Commanders 1 palm
Chapter Commanders 1 palm
It further provided that at the expiration of his term of office, a former official will wear gold palms instead of silver palms. This designation lasted through 1950.
A new Article VI was added to the Bylaws of the Military Order at the 1927 National Convention which to a large extent confirmed the initial administrative decision in regard to the number of palms worn by National Officers, except that Junior Vice Commanders-in-Chief were allotted two palms and Vice Commanders-in-Chief three palms. This decision lasted through 1950.
It was not until the 1950s that there arose pressure to specially distinguish the State Commanders from Chapter Commanders, by authorizing State Commanders to wear two palms. Since State Commanders were not members of the General Staff, there arose a necessity to specifically recognize the General Staff with three palms and to add one palm to the ribbon of the Vice Commander-in-Chief and the Commander in Chief.
The prized insignia is worn by all National Officers and former National Officers at all meetings of the Order.
DISTINGUISHING OF NATIONAL OFFICERS
Posted 24 February 2008 - 08:45 AM
Does anyone else have, or know of, reunion badges such as this? As I said, I've never seen them before.
Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:50 AM
As previously mentioned, the number and color of palms on the ribbon denote the rank of the MOWW member. The following example is that of a Senior or Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief. I have not determined the meaning for the addition of an "E" as well as two succeeding stars.
Edited by Kevin Beyer, 21 March 2010 - 07:51 AM.
Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:36 AM
Letter D--Dept. Commander
Letter R--Region Commander
Letter S--National. General Staff
(for all of the above, two are required for wear with the Neck Ribbon)
To signify the length of membership in MOWW, an Hour Glass device may be placed on the ribbon. A Bronze device for 10 years, Silver for 15 years, and Gold for 20 or more years. To show Perpetual Membership in MOWW, a Silver star may also be placed on the ribbon above the hour glass device. Only one star and one hour glass may be displayed on the membership ribbon.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:58 PM
As this one is of the first variety with singular "World War" and numbered, is there a way to trace recipients?
Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:29 AM
Edited by firefighter, 22 December 2012 - 06:30 AM.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:26 PM
I used to see these medals a lot awhile back.Never thought much of them because they were not the Victory Medal's just a society medal.Seems like, at least to me, that they are getting harder to find.Are they that collectible and are they worth much? They are nice looking.
Like you, I never really paid much attention to them as I usually stick to the officially issued military decorations and medals. They certainly are nice looking and I'm curious about who were issued the medals and if their were any specific requirements other than basic membership.
Sad that even a vintage veterans medal has more quality in it compared to something made for official issue these days.
Thanks for looking!
Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:00 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:06 PM
Thanks for that link. I browsed a few of the official sites but did not really find any worthwhile information on the actual medal. My initial assessment was along the same lines as yours.
I do read in the policy manual where is discusses the wear of the medal under "Hearaldry & The Wear of Items" (pg's 17-19) and briefly mentions a MOWW Membership lapel pin and medal (para 2 e), that is worn on the left breast. It doesn't go into specific details or show any illustrations of it.
Additionally, Chapter 10, para E, "Individual Awards & Citations" does list a MOWW Membership Medal (7.) (pg 90) but again, does not show any illustration. The written description does appear to describe what I would assume to be the current version of the vintage medal I have.
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