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The Military Order of The Cootie

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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.


"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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

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"There is no such thing as an expert, only students with different levels of education."
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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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Is there anything on the reverse of these insect pins that directly associates them with the Military Order of the Cootie?


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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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back -sorry best I can do without my flat bed scanner-its down at the moment. Can you tell me about the hallmarks on the back, please? thanks. dave

 

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Hello

 

My friends neighbor Bob is 73and ex Marine!

 

He is a member and was telling me about theCootie!

 

Here is Bob's jacket!

 

PVON

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It was funny how he explained how everything is backward!

 

Roll call and your name! Answer not here!

 

Salute sorta Three Stooge style!

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Let's show some Land of Lincoln spirit here!!!!

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The true test comes to us all, though rarely at the time or in the manner we would choose. So keep your powder dry, watch your 6 & Stand Fast!

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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:

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EOC(SCW) Robert J Welch USN, RET

 

"I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going."

***Maya Angelou***

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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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