and Eight Memorabilia
Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux (commonly known
as the 'Forty
and Eight') is a charitable and service organization of
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.
Chapeau Medal, given to new members, features the symbol of
the organization: the ubiquitous 40 et 8 boxcar from WWI.