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June 2014                          Trench Rats                             July 2015
National Order of The Trench Rats
1924
History
Veterans who were patients in United State Public Heath Service Hospital No. 54
Located at Arrowhead Springs, California. Because of the shortage of beds following
WWI, this hospital, like many others, had been converted out of a building formerly used
for other purposes. This particular building in which the hospital was housed had been
a well-known hotel located on the side of a mountain about seven miles from the city of
San Bernardino. The Name “Trench Rats“ was adopted as it is symbolic of the rats
which the World War I veterans encountered in the trenches in France.

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        
Semper Idem Et Semper Fidelis
Welcome To The National Order Of The Trench Rats
Disabled American Veterans Dept of New Jersey
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
Imperial Headquarters Link-up
Trench Rats Officer Roster
Golden Rodent
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Supreme Head &
Chief Executive Officer

Silver Rodent
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1st Vice Commender

Blue Rodent
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2nd Vice Commander

Bubonic Plague
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Master Of Ceremonies

Black Plague
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Master Of Ceremonies

Hole-y Rat
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Chaplain

Iron Claw
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Sergeant At Arms

Bench Rat
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Judge Advocate

Red Eyed Gnawer
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Secretary / Treasurer
The Imperial Rodents

Imperial Golden Rodent - Albert M. Sorrentino
Imperial Silver Rodent - Floyd W. Buell
Imperial Blue Rodent - Terrence J. Flick
Imperial Turquoise Rodent - Robert J. Auchu *
Imperial Bubonic Plague - Vernon W. Christian
Imperial Black Plague - Gerald Ogle
Imperial Iron Claw - Wilbur L. Trahan*
Imperial Red Eyed Gnawer - Paul C. Bailey
Imperial Bench Rat - Vincent P. Reed, Jr.
Imperial Hole-y Rodent - Rev. Franklin Brown
Imperial Cure Rat - Owen Emery
Imperial Nightingale - James E. Bixby
Imperial Historic Rodent - Chuck Heiney
Imperial Rendezvous Rodent - Chad Vale
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