Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
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The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) was created in 1865 upon hearing of the death of Abraham Lincoln. Originally composed of Union Officers, it is now composed of descendants of officers of the Union Army, Navy and Marines. There are currently four categories of membership within MOLLUS: Hereditary, Junior, Associate and Honorary.
Hereditary - Direct male descendants of the age of 18 years or more of a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Navy or Marines who served during the War of the Rebellion, or male descendants of a brother or sister of any such officer.
Junior - Direct male descendants under age 18 years of an eligible officer or of a brother or sister of any such eligible officer. Junior Companions cannot vote or hold office.
Associate - Males of the age 18 years or more who are not known to be eligible for Hereditary membership and who subscribe to the Preamble, Principles and Objects of the order and who have demonstrated a serious interest in the War of the Rebellion, and whose membership will advance the objects of the Order. Associates may vote and serve on committees, but may not hold office. Not all Commanderies provide for this particular membership category.
Honorary - Bestowed by the Commandery-in-Chief and Commanderies under the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws.