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Luncheons honoring our Veterans are highlighted in the Activities Page













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Composed by our own
Robert Wyckoff, MAJ USAF (ret)


Our local Chapter is currently inactive. 

If you are new to this website, you may want to peruse the site to get a feel for the MOWW organization as well as the many good times our chapter had in the past.  We also have a lot of detail on the different significant projects that the chapter supported and the luncheons we held to honor our WWII and Korean Veterans.

Do take care and do keep in touch with your fellow members with a phone call or email.



MOWW LogoWelcome to our website for the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chapter 213 of The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW). Spend some time here to learn a bit more of who we were and what we did.


We actively supported our community and our citizens young and old. The Military Order of the World Wars is the oldest of Officer Veteran's groups with a proud history. We at the Vandenberg Chapter were attempting to become the best of the best among like type groups because we gave back to the community at large and our veteran's in particular.


We were located on the California Central Coast in San Luis Obispo, (halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101..scroll down to see the map)



The MOWW National website has many features including a “Companions Only” section. This website offers, fillable forms where appropriate, and much more information.   www.moww.org





The Military Order of the World Wars’ (MOWW) 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 was established in 1919, MOWW members ("Companions") have lived by the Military Order's motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.”


MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) programs throughout the United States, at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, free enterprise system concepts, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop speaking, writing and leadership skills which help them be better citizens and future leaders.  MOWW’s YLC Curriculum is annually accredited by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Our chapter hosts an annual Youth Leadership Program for the students at the Grizzly Academy located at Camp San Luis Obispo.


MOWW also sponsors awards programs for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC cadets (JROTC), the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the USA (GS-USA).  Additionally, MOWW formally honors those who excel in the national security, homeland security, and law and order arenas.  Finally, MOWW hosts “Massing of Colors” ceremonies in conjunction with FlagDay, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


The Military Order is a patriotic nonpartisan tax exempt IRS 501c19 organization.  Because it clearly is not a self-seeking organization, the Order is widely respected and listened to, throughout all branches of the Government and across the Country.  The Order is comprised of over 131 Chapters across the nation.



       MOWW Preamble


To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity;

To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and 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.





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Last update: August 1, 2022


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