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Forty and Eight Memorabilia

The La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux (commonly known as the 'Forty and Eight') is a charitable and service organization of American veterans.

The society has as their symbol the 40 et 8 boxcar. These boxcars were used moving troops in France during WWI and could carry forty men or eight horses. The society was formed in 1920 within the American Legion -- which has, in the years since 1949, become custodian of many of the Merci Train boxcars throughout the United States.

In 1960, the society became a separate organization from the American Legion.

This Issue Chapeau Medal, given to new members, features the symbol of the organization: the ubiquitous 40 et 8 boxcar from WWI.

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