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The Naval Order of the United States was established in 1890 as a hereditary organization in the United States for members of the American sea services.

The Naval Order of the United States is the living history of our sea going services. Our membership keeps history alive through the restoration of historic artifacts, establishment of memorials at key sites, and the active collection of our shared history through academic papers, published works, and ad hoc stories.

We are a growing community of members spanning multiple generations and military engagements. Using written, visual, aural and social media, we tell our stories and work as a community to build, restore, and commemorate our treasured national history of those who went to sea in the name of our country.

Serving Companions Who Live At A Distance

At its 2016 Congress, the General Council of the Naval Order of the United States determined that a virtual Commandery be stood up to meet the needs of Companions who cannot participate in Naval Order activities because of their distance from one of the established, physical Commanderies. To meet these needs, the Continental Commandery:

  • Chartered at the October 2017 Naval Order Congress, having grown to nearly 100 affiliated Companions in its first five months of existence

  • Encourages our Companions' engagement in the Naval Order by monthly email outreach containing NOUS news and events; naval and maritime historical vignettes; and more

  • Publicizes Navy and navy-history activities of our Companions

  • Adopted Bylaws that meet the special needs of a virtual establishment

  • Works toward having a slate of elected officers ready to take the Commandery on its own independent and sustainable course by the time of the 2018 national Congress


CAPT Fred Passman
USN (ret)

VC, Communications

Mark Wixom


CAPT Aaron Bresnahan
USN (ret)

Past Commanders

2018-2021 Captain Aaron G. Bresnahan, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

2016-2018 Captain Thomas L. Snyder, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.)