La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux, popularly
known as the
Forty and Eight, is an independent Fraternal Organization of
was organized in 1920 by American Legionnaires as a fun and honor
The Forty and Eight is composed of Veterans of both World
World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts.
The Forty and Eight has nearly 50,000 members in over 900
(local units) located throughout the United States, Germany,
Mexico, and France.
The Forty and Eight draws it's origin from World War I when young
were sent to France to fight a war to end all wars. The narrow
of France had boxcars (voitures) that carried little more than
half the capacity of
American boxcars and these voitures were used to transport men
horses to and from the fighting fronts. On the side of these
little boxcars was
stenciled the capacity of each, holding either forty men or eight
and these voitures became the trademark of our organization.
If one could laugh at the train ride from the coast of
France to the trenches
crowded in these little boxcars, only recently vacated by eight
one could surely adapt to the changes in his life when he returned
Those who nobly served our Nation in war, would henceforth as
Eight Members, charitably serve our communities in peace.
In the 1950s, while continuing to honor the traditions
of its founders, the
Forty & Eight became an Independent Veterans Group.
Membership in the
American Legion remains a requirement for membership in the Forty