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many others, had been converted out of a building formerly used for other purposes. This side of a
mountain about seven miles from the city of San Bernardino. The Name “Trench Rats“ trenches in

Some of the patients were members of Los Angeles Chapter of the DAV. The hospital was isolated
and there were no activities for the patients to pass the time, the majority of whom were ambulatory.
A few members of this Chapter conceived the idea of organizing a group of the most active
members in a secret, fraternal society and devised an initiation ceremony for fun and amusement
and invited for membership only those DAV members who were most active in the chapter. As a
result of this, most of the patients became members of the DAV and its delegates to the National
Convention in Salt Lake City in 1924 were able to get the N.O.T.R. Officially recognized as an
Auxiliary of the DAV.

The N.O.T.R. Is a secret, fraternal and honor organization limiting its membership by selection only
to those who show their devotion and meritorious service to the DAV and the welfare of the
disabled veterans, his widow and orphans. As a result of this limitation, non-members have been
encouraged to become more active in their Chapters and sign up new members in the DAV, this
being one of the qualifications for membership. The trench rats are proud of this contribution to the
DAV and the fact that many projects adopted by dugouts in their local communities have helped
publicize and enhance the name and prestige of our parent organization. The National and State
rendezvous of the Trench Rats have long been recognized as the highlight of the entertainment
programs of the DAV conventions and have contributed greatly to the attendance. In the early year
of the DAV, when it was in financial trouble and having a difficult time supporting and extending its
service officer program, the N.O.T.R. Raised and contributed funds for this purpose. In recent
years they have contributed to the Disable American Veterans Service Foundation to assist the
Legislative programs of the DAV and to the Memorial Honor Roll of Beneficiaries of the perpetual
Rehabilitation Fund. Over $76,000 has been Raised and contributed for these purposes.

Much could be said the difficulties the Organization encountered in the early struggle to survive.
Recognition should be given not only to those who participated in its founding, but to all of those
members who worked so hard over the years helping build the N.O.T.R. To the high position it now
holds and To those who continue To sell its aims and purposes. Their names are legion, many
have passed away and even To mention a few would be unfair To all the others, but recognition
must be given To the one responsible for it all and that Is the founder, Volney P. Mooney, who was
the first Imperial Golden Rodent. He later became commander of Chapter No. 5 in Los Angeles,
Department Commander of California, and National Judge Advocate for Eight years and was
elected National Commander of the DAV in 1934. To him and To all of those living and dead who
contributed so much To the N.O.T.R. over the fifty years of its existence, this history Is dedicated.
Their names are inscribed in the archives of this order; they were tried and found true To their
trust, To their obligations and To their own consciences. We know that membership in this
organization inspired all of them with the incentive To further the welfare of our disabled comrades
and there will always remain in the minds of all members those immortal words        
July 2015
National Order of The Trench Rats 1924 History
National Order of Trench Rats
Imperial Headquarters
PO Box 1068,
Kingston, PA 18704-0068
Office Hours are:
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EST
Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (570) 714-2554
FAX:      (570) 714-1429
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Trench Rats Officer Roster
Golden Rodent
Supreme Head &
Chief Executive Officer

Silver Rodent
1st Vice Commender

Blue Rodent
2nd Vice Commander

Bubonic Plague
Master Of Ceremonies

Black Plague
Master Of Ceremonies

Hole-y Rat

Iron Claw
Sergeant At Arms
Bench Rat
Judge Advocate

Red Eyed Gnawer
Secretary / Treasurer
Created By
Jose De Leon
Sept 2015
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