MOWW Mission

What is The Military Order

of the World Wars


The Military Order of the World Wars is a national patriotic organization of American Military Officers, Warrant Officers, Flight Officers and their descendants of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). It includes active, reserve component, retired, or former service members.

In 1918, General of the Armies, John J. Pershing, led the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe to engage the Central Powers and aid the Allies. From what he saw in Europe and in the United States, he became concerned about the lack or patriotism and further the lack of leadership training for the future leaders of the United States. For these reasons, Gen. Pershing petitioned the United States Congress to authorize by Statute an organization which would go forward to accomplish these goals. As a result by statutory authority, The Military Order of the World Wars was founded.

General Pershing asked his Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers to join the Military Order when they left active duty and continue to serve our Country and their Communities as a unified group. However, he specifically prohibited the Military Order from participating in Politics or Lobbying Efforts as an organization. He considered service to the Country more important, and he directed that the Military Order would be a service organization only with the motto “It is nobler to serve, than to be served.” Because the Military Order works behind the scenes, it does not receive much publicity and is not well known.

Since the founding of the Military Order, thousands of Officers and Hereditary Companions have joined rank to work with Police Departments, Firefighter Departments, Youth Leadership Conferences, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, ROTC units and assist Veterans transition into civilian life.

The Military Order is always looking for more former or retired Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers or the Descendants of these Officers to carry on the necessary work which Gen. Pershing envisioned

National Headquarters has selected the Dallas Chapter as the Best Large Chapter in the Nation for twelve consecutive years for the service it has provided. The Dallas Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of every month for a luncheon at the Park City Club. Not only does it enjoy wonderful food but it is able to get world renown speakers to speak to it on important policy and military topics.

If you are interested in making a difference by serving your Country and local Community while enjoying the camaraderie of former and retired Officers over a good lunch with a great speaker, please contact me.

LT Charles Daniels, USNR (FMR)
Commander, Texas Department
The Military Order of the World Wars

MOWW Founded in 1919 by
General John J. Pershing

MOWW Accomplishments

  • Congressional Charter – Provides recognition for MOWW as a leading veterans organization.
  • Patriotic Education Activities – Sponsors youth leadership conferences and forums to spread the word about individual responsibility, citizenship, patriotism, and the free enterprise system.
  • ROTC Programs – Supports the establishment and growth of ROTC programs during the years prior to World War II and continues to recognize outstanding Cadets, Junior and Senior ROTC units.
  • Boy and Girl Scout Programs – Offers recognition or achievement at the highest levels in the Scouting program.
  • Police and Firefighters Support Programs – Offers recognition of the service and achievements by law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics.
  • Veterans Assistance Programs – Offers support and mentorship to Veterans transitioning into civilian life, including morale support and assisting them in developing resumes, conducting interviews, and finding employment.
  • Massing of the Colors – Instituted in the 1920’s, now celebrated in communities across the nation as a stirring patriotic ceremony.