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Neat Cootie stuff!

 

I remember the Patch King from when I was a kid. They made, and sold, a ton of US patches over the years. Good memories.

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Been meaning to post my cootie helmet so, here it is.

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Illustration two.

 

This is my multi-barred Military Order of the Cootie membership badge. It has bars for all three degrees NIT, GRAYBACK, and COOTIE. The ribbon is in rough shape, but for items like these, one takes what one can find. The mark on the reverse states: COPYRIGHT / PATENT / BY M. O. C.

 

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I picked this up at a local flea market over the weekend from a vendor- It is sans the ribbon- I got it because I remembered reading something about this order on the forum and funny this thread should pop up tonight

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Has anyone been able to determine the meaning behind the ribbon bars for M.O.C. badges?  I reached out to the organization, but since I am not a member, the response implied the answers would not be forthcoming.

 

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Kevin, 

 

Are you talking about the rank bar? If so, combine this from Frederick with the chart that I added in the "VFW National Headquarters Badge" and you will have that answer. The badge you are showing is a Past Post Advocate, Adjutant, Quartermaster or Surgeon. 

On 7/5/2008 at 8:48 PM, frederick said:

Illustration two.

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gravdiggr,

 

I am referring to the bars as seen on the M.O.C. ribbon.  Not including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree bars, I have seen the following

 

AZORES

HOSTILE WATERS

PATROL

BELGIUM

ENGLAND

FRANCE

GERMANY

LUXEMBURG

MEXICO

 

How many bars were there?  What do they mean?  Is there an order of precedence?  When were they used?  When did they stop using them?  There are so many questions, but I have yet to find answers.  I am hoping someone more familiar with M.O.C. history can help.

 

Kevin

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Out junking after my training class was done, I came across this Cootie cap in an antique mall. I didn't get it, but thought I'd at least post the pictures here.  Not sure if the all of the plastic animals attached are a symbol of status or just decoration. They were pretty proud of it at $110.

 

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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On 8/4/2020 at 1:55 AM, KevinBeyer said:

gravdiggr,

 

I am referring to the bars as seen on the M.O.C. ribbon.  Not including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree bars, I have seen the following

 

AZORES

HOSTILE WATERS

PATROL

BELGIUM

ENGLAND

FRANCE

GERMANY

LUXEMBURG

MEXICO

 

How many bars were there?  What do they mean?  Is there an order of precedence?  When were they used?  When did they stop using them?  There are so many questions, but I have yet to find answers.  I am hoping someone more familiar with M.O.C. history can help.

 

Kevin

In addition to the ones you cited, I've seen:

 

Scotland

Ireland

Poland

Cuba 

Philippines

Hawaii

 

The MOC's lineage goes through the VFW to the Spanish War Veterans, hence the last three bars. There's probably a China bar but haven't seen an example yet.

 

Since the badges and bars are unofficial and probably privately purchased, the member could buy whatever he wanted/felt entitled to. For an example, I have a First War group which includes a MOC membership badge engraved on the reverse to a "Past Supreme Seam Squirrel 1927," a top broach with four stars, and two bars on the ribbon (Patrol, France). The recipient was Malachi F. Healy who served as a mechanic in an AEF balloon unit in France, which explains the one bar but not "Patrol." As far as I can tell, there was no order of precedence. I'm not sure when the use/sale of the two styles of badges that are illustrated in this thread ceased, my guess is sometime after WW II. 

 

The MOC has a women's auxiliary, the Cootiettes, who had their own set of insignia. The older examples are small lapel pins, often struck in gold or gold-filled. The "cootie" more closely resembles a scarab.

 

Hope this helps.

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3mxd,

 

That does help quite a bit.  Now I am on the lookout for a lot more bars!  Would you happen to have photos of any of the bars not previously depicted?  At the very least, would you be able to share a photo of the Past Supreme Seam Squirrel badge?  It sounds really interesting!

 

Kevin

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Here are some of the more unusual bars to the membership medal/badge. Note that the pendants are both of the second/later(?) type. Evidently you could get a gilded upgrade.

 

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Here are the obverse and reverse images of membership medal of the Past Grand Supreme Seam Squirrel. 005.JPG.f88113c73ca0e1f15766d22190d3f9f2.JPG

 

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Note the apparent engraving error in "Supreme." He must have left out the "P,"  added the "foot" to the "R" (compare that "R" to those in "squirrel," and then cut in the "P." Incidentally, Healy was not the model soldier, he was reduced and promoted a number of times, a not unusual career pattern in AEF soldiers.

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