Membership in the NOBC is open to an member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America who, in actual combat, demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership, and who, as a result, was appointed from enlisted or Warrant Officer status to that of a Commissioned Officer, as a Secondary Lieutenant by competent authority.
Official documentary proof such as an appointment is the responsibility of the applicant and is required to accompany the application. Acceptable proof must consist of a copy or photostat of two or more of the following official or similar type military documents:
Original orders of appointment as a Second Lieutenant
Appropriate, honorable discharge of DD 214 as an enlisted man
Other evidence, such as a copy of a newspaper clipping, etc., may also be furnished for consideration
Membership in the NOBC is approved by the National Commander.
National Order of Battlefield Commissions is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization, and is recognized under Internal Revenue Service Code 501 (c) (19) as a tax exempt War Veterans Association.
Annual Dues $15
Life Membership $100
Make Check or Money Order Payable To:
NOBC (no cash)
Mail with Application and Documentary Proof To:
Stanley W. Schmucker
1490 Independence Ave.
Melbourne, FL. 32940
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Our Formation, Aims and Accomplishments
In October 1979, William R. Healey, a former battlefield commissioned officer wrote a letter to a national publication asking whether there were any other men so honored who cared to form an association, he was motivated by the same feelings remarked upon Major General Leonard F. Wing, Commanding General of the 43rd Infantry Division in the Philippine Islands during World War II. Who, in writing of Battlefield Commissions, stated, “No matter what honor may come to them and after life, they will prize this above all others.”
From this letter the National Order of Battlefield Commissions was formed, which, at present, has reached a membership of 1,000. In September 1982, the first national meeting was held in Akron, Ohio. During the meeting a constitution and by-laws were adopted.
In March 1983 NOBC was incorporated in the state of Illinois as a non-profit fraternal organization. In September 1983, the second national meeting was held in Canton, Ohio. Subsequent national reunion conventions have been held annually since.
One of our aims is to create and perpetuate a viable and cohesive national organization for the purposes of enjoying the camaraderie of our unique membership, and, in unison, to voice our concerns for the protection of our cherished American ideals and way of life. Further objectives and principles are outlined in Article II of our Constitution.
Some of the accomplishments of NOBC since its founding include:
Dedication of a memorial marker and planting of an oak tree in Arlington Cemetery to perpetuate the memory of NOBC and its deceased members.
Establishment of a repository in the National Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA., where all recorded documentation pertaining to the NOBC is being stored and maintained as a part of our national military history.
Establishment of the Commander’s Trophy which is awarded by the National Commander at each annual reunion convention to the member who, in his opinion, has contributed most to the organization during the years.
Acceptance as a member of the Military Coalition of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Establishment of the Mustang Ponies as a separate chartered organization for direct descendants of Battlefield Commissioned Officers, thereby assuring the perpetuation of NOBC and its memory into the future.
Establishment of a scholarship awarded to a selected member of the Mustang Ponies.
The striking and implementation of the MEDAL OF VALOR honoring the award of the Battlefield Commission.