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Dues and Fees

Membership Application

Membership Medal

Membership Benefits

All DMWV members are eligible to receive:
  • a membership certificate suitable for framing.
  • a copy of the society's bylaws (upon request).
  • a membership roster (published annually).
  • a discount on all DMWV publications.
All ACTIVE (dues-paid) adult members receive:
  • a subscription to the DMWV newsletter, The American Eagle.
  • a subscription to the DMWV periodical, MEXICAN WAR Journal.
  • access to the members only section of this web site.
  • any special commemorative items that may be issued from time to time by the board. (For example: members who were active between 1995-1997 received a Mexican War Sesquicentenary calendar. Members who were active in May 1996 received a commemorative Palo Alto "first day" postcard mailed from Brownsville, Texas on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto.)
Any member in good standing may purchase a membership medal.

All papers relating to a member's veteran ancestor, submitted by that member, are kept on file by the Recording Secretary.

All active full members are eligible to make nominations, to vote and to hold office.

One active associate member may serve on the Board of Directors.

All active members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting and any special events.

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Membership Categories and Requirements

Membership in the DMWV is available, by application, in four categories:

Life membership is available as an adjunct, by application, to any of the above-listed categories.

All persons wishing to join the DMWV in all but the Honorary category must complete and sign an application form. Applicants must also pay a one-time initiation fee and are subject to payment of annual dues in order to be placed on the active roll. First dues may be pro-rated, based of the quarter of the membership year in which the application is received. Gift memberships are permitted (in other words, you may pay the cost of membership for another person) but the person upon whom membership will be bestowed must sign and date an application.

Adult Full

Adult Full membership in The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans is available to any person who is:

  • at least 18 years of age.
  • is of good moral character.
...and who is one or more of the following:
  1. the lineal descendant (or collateral kinsman or kinswoman) of a U.S. veteran who rendered honorable service in the war with Mexico for any length of time between April 25, 1846 and August 2, 1848.
  2. the descendant of a civilian employee of the U.S. armed forces who served during the Mexican War as a teamster, laundress, steamboat hand, etc.
  3. the descendant of a veteran of General Zachary Taylor's "Army of Occupation" in Texas from July 1845 to April 1846.
  4. the descendant of a veteran of Col. John C. Fremont's 1845-1846 expedition to California.
  5. the descendant of a California "Bear Flag Revolt" participant.
Applicants eligible for full membership must:
  • pay all applicable dues and fees.
  • complete a lineage chart.
  • provide acceptable documentary evidence of veteran ancestor's service, which for regular and volunteer soldiers (except 3 and 4 above) must have occurred between April 25, 1846 and August 2, 1848. See following section.

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Adult Associate

Adult Associate membership is available to any person of at least 18 years of age who lacks a qualifying ancestor but who otherwise meets the above requirements and who is interested in the Mexican War and in furthering the aims and objectives of this organization.

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Junior Full & Junior Associate

Junior membership is available in either the Full or Associate category for persons less than eighteen years of age. After he or she attains the age of eighteen, a junior member may transfer membership to an adult category without further charge (apart from the payment of annual dues). Most of the rights, privileges, benefits, and responsibilities of adult members are not applicable to junior members.

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Life Membership

Life membership is available as an adjunct to either the Full or Associate category. It requires a donation of $1,000 (cumulatively over time, or in one lump sum) to the society's general fund. Life members are thereafter exempt from dues for life.

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Acceptable Evidence of Veteran Ancestor's Service

Documentary evidence of an veteran ancestor's military service must provide the name and rank of the veteran and identify the military unit (i.e., company, regiment, battalion, ship, etc.) with which he served. A legible reproduction (i.e., photocopy) of any one or more of the following named documents are acceptable:

  1. Discharge certificate
  2. Muster roll page
  3. National Archives Mexican War Volunteers index card
  4. National Archives Regular Army, Navy, or Marines enlistments index page or card
  5. Bounty land warrant
  6. Approved pension application
  7. National Archives Old Wars or Mexican War pension application index card with indication that pension was approved
  8. Listing in Heitman's Roster of U.S. Army Officers, Robart's Mexican War Veterans, or a similar printed roster of U.S. military officers
  9. Printed roster published by a state government
  10. Printed roster transcribed from official muster rolls

Evidence of the service of a civilian employee of the United States who served in the War with Mexico shall consist of the legible reproduction of any document generated by the federal government or a state government that provides evidence of said service.

The following items (originals or reproductions) are NOT acceptable as evidence of service of any military veteran or civilian employee.
  1. Pages from a printed Mexican War pension index
  2. Obituaries
  3. Family history books
  4. Newspaper articles
  5. Pages from printed rosters that have not been transcribed from original muster rolls
  6. Photographs of grave markers
  7. The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans will only accept documentation as outlined in our by-laws. Internet sites, LDS records, are NOT recognized documentations and unacceptable per our membership guidelines.
  • In the absence of any of the acceptable items listed above, any other document (such as a diary or letters) not specifically excluded may be accepted as evidence of service at the discretion of any person authorized to review said evidence and approve applications for membership.
  • Whenever a substituted document is submitted as evidence, it must be accompanied by a letter signed and dated by the applicant, stating that none of the acceptable items are available.
NOTE: Descendants of any person who deserted the service of the United States and who subsequently took up arms against the same (such as members of the infamous San Patricio Battalion) are ineligible for full membership.

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Membership Dues & Fees

All adult members must pay a one-time initiation fee of $10.

Annual dues for adult members, in both the Full and Associate categories, are currently set at $30, to be paid by August 31 for the membership year that begins on Sept. 1. There is a dues payment "grace period" from Sept. 1 to 30. (Failure to pay dues by Sept. 30 results in removal from active roll and forfeiture of any rights and/or privileges.)

The membership year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 the following year.

New members joining throughout the year pay pro-rated dues, based on the quarter in which their membership application is received. The amounts are as follows:

Quarter # Months Covered Dues
Sept., Oct., Nov.
Dec., Jan., Feb.
March, April, May
June, July, Aug.

For example: An applicant who joined the organization in March would pay the $10 initiation fee plus $15 pro-rated dues, for a total of $25, whereas someone joining near the beginning of the membership year would pay a total of $40.

Junior members pay a one-time initiation fee of $5. They are not liable for annual dues. Conversely, they are not eligible for any member services apart from issuance of a membership certificate and any service also provided to the public at large.

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Membership Application

Download an APPLICATION and INSTRUCTIONS in PDF format. In order to view the application, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader if you don't have it already.

IMPORTANT: If you download the application from this site, please be sure to download and read and follow the instructions too!

You may also request a membership application by writing to:

DMWV National Office
P.O. Box 461941
Garland, TX 75046-1941

Please include a full-size (no. 10) S.A.S.E. (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with your request. If it would also be helpful if you would write "Membership Application Request" on the outside of the envelope in which you send your request. Thank you!

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Membership Medal

DMWV Medal

To commemorate the organization's tenth anniversary in 1999, the Board of Directors of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans authorized the issuance of a membership medal.

Suspended from a ribbon incorporating the colors of the national flags of both the United States and Mexico, this bronze-toned metallic reproduction of the DMWV seal is something that every loyal member will surely want to own and wear with pride.

(Note: Photo shows medal slightly larger-than-life size.)

To order, print the online order form.

Note: Sales are restricted to DMWV members only.

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