Military Order of the Cootie
|Established||September 17, 1920|
|Founded at||Washington, D.C.|
|Headquarters||604 Braddock Avenue,|
Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania
|Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States|
The Military Order of the Cootie of the United States (MOC, or simply Military Order of the Cootie) is a national honor degree membership association separately constituted as a subordinate and as an auxiliary order chartered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). The organization's services include supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children and veterans hospitals. Founded in 1920, it became a subsidiary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in 1923.
The Military Order of the Cootie (originally known as the Military Order of the Cootie, U.S.A.) was established on September 17, 1920, in Washington, D.C., by Fred Madden and F. L. Gransbury. The organization was modeled after the Imperial Order of the Dragon, an auxiliary to the United Spanish American War Veterans. The name "cootie" is a reference to the lice that plagued soldiers in World War I. Cooties were credited with keeping soldiers' heads down in the trenches. A meeting of cooties is called a "scratch", the local chapter a "Pup Tent", the state affiliate a "Grand", and the national headquarters at Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, "The Supreme."
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Congressional Charter, National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual (2018 Podium ed.). Kansas City, Missouri: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. 2017. pp. 56–61.
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- General information
- United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration at the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration Program Office
- Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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