about us

The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic, nonpartisan, Veterans Service Organization (VSO) dedicated to promoting patriotism, civic responsibility, public service, and leadership in our nation’s communities. MOWW’s founding resulted from General of the Armies John J. Pershing’s request that his officers continue serving America after their active military service ended following World War I. Since MOWW’s establishment in 1919, MOWW Companions have lived by the Order’s motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.”

Our Mission

MOWW PREAMBLE: “To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity; To inculcate and stimulate love of our Country and the Flag; To promote and further patriotic education in our nation; Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity and supremacy of our National Government and the Constitution of the United States; To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the armed forces; To promote the cultivation of Military, Naval and Air Science and the adoption of a consistent and suitable policy of national security for the United States of America; To acquire and preserve records of individual services; To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of Memorials of the World Wars; And to transmit all these ideals to posterity; under God and for our Country, we unite to establish The Military Order of the World Wars.”

“…May I ask that you carry home your high ideals and continue to live as you have served,”

John J. Pershing


General of the Armies