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The gold star mothers of Minnesota

The title “gold star mother” was used unofficially to describe a woman who had lost a child in service until the national organization, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., was established in 1929.

Mrs. J. P. Mohan, Gold Star mother, with flag, St. Paul, 1918.