Military Order of the Cootie

“Keep ‘Em Smilin’ In Beds of White”

MOC, “Pack Rats” Pup Tent 8 is the “Honor Degree” of VFW Post 7564 of West Fargo, ND. A Cootie is selected from the VFW Post membership by the Cootie Pup Tent. They are the most dedicated members who perform duties involving the aid to hospitalized veterans, providing blood, and working VFW membership, in addition to the various VFW projects within the Post and community.

Joe Best is the newly elected Commander of the Military Order of Cooties Pup Tent 8 of West Fargo Post 7564.

Joe grew up in Devils Lake and Zap, ND and moved to West Fargo where he graduated from West Fargo High School.  He joined the Navy in 1991 and after training and serving in various areas, he served in the Persian Gulf on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 in 1992 and later in Somalia to support the recovery of two Black Hawk helicopters.  Joe currently owns and operates Veterans Lawn Service of West Fargo and has been very active with VFW Post 7564 and the Military Order of Cooties.

Past Seam Squirrels

1975 – 76  Jose Puente
1976 – 77  Jose Puente
1977 – 78  Morris Milligan
1978 – 79  Cliff Erstad
1979 – 80  Arvaal Olson
1980 – 81  James Rohrich
1981 – 82  Harold Carnahan
1982 – 83  Harold Carnahan
1983 – 84  John Fleming
1984 – 85  John Fleming
1985 – 86  Glen Mauer
1986 – 87  Kenneth Rieniets
1987 – 88  Lavern Fillbrandt
1988 – 89  Richard Belling
1989 – 90  Dale Ronning
1990 – 91  Jim Grace
1991 – 92  Bob Rudd
1991 – 92  Bob Rudd
1992 – 93  Art Olson
1993 – 94  Bob Geske
1994 – 95  Joe Shoman
1995 – 96  Bob Sherritt

1996 – 97  Don Olson
1997 – 98  Don Roerick
1998 – 99  Roger Jacobsen
1999 – 00  Leroy Heinz
2000 – 01  Gary Josephsen
2001 – 02  Louis Chase
2002 – 03  Daryl Best
2003 – 04  Larry Schaan
2004 – 05  Alan Anderson
2005 – 06  Charlie Weible
2006 – 07  Marshall Vining
2007 – 08  Rick Fuller
2008 – 09  Larry Childs
2009 – 10  Bert Hanson
2010 – 11  Eugene Cross
2011 – 12  Russ Berg
2012 – 13  Craig Johnson
2013 – 14  Jim Hapala
2014 – 15 Jim Hapala
2015 – 16 Jamie Olson
2016 – 17 Jamie Olson


Past Grand Commanders from Pup Tent 8

1984  – 85  Arvaal Olson
1993  – 94  Lavern Fillbrandt
1999  – 00  Robert Geske
2002 – 03  Bob Rudd

2003  – 04  Kenneth Rieniets
2008  – 09  Richard Belling
2011  – 12  Jim Hapala
2012  – 13  Daryl Best