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La Societe de Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux
Solano Voiture 395

(Translation: The Society of 40 men and 8 Horses, Solano Co. Boxcar 395)

 

History Of
La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux

40/8

The 40/8 came from the tiny French railroad boxcars (voiture) used as troop transports in moving "doughboys" to the "front" which carried signs showing the figure 40 over the figure 8, and referred to the cars capacity of 40 men or 8 horses.

It was funny to see 40 men in full pack and rifles riding in one of those pint sized boxcars, even the horses laughed. It was so miserable in there, the men had to laugh to keep from crying and when they started laughing at their own situation, they weren't so miserable any more.

When they returned home, the laugh was still on them. What a laugh! No jobs, No clothes, and No girls and there wasn't much they could do about it except to laugh at themselves like they had learned to do in the boxcars of La Belle, France.

Formed in 1920 by Joseph Breen at Breen-McCracken American Legion Post 297 in Philadelphia, Pa. La Societe was to be an organization for Legion members to be able to let off steam and be able to have fun and enjoy the comradeship of fellow members. The first official Promenade or meeting was held at The 1920 Department Of Pennsylvania American Legion Convention in Allentown, Pa., where other Legionaires from across the state were initiated or wrecked into La Societe.

The familiar French Boxcar that they knew so well was chosen to be the launching platform of the 40 et 8. The Posts and Officers were to be titled after the French Railroad, such as Voiture (station) and their Voiture Commander would be Chef de Gare (Station Master) on up to (Nationale Commander) Chef de Chemin de Fer or President of the Railroad. There would be 1 Voiture (Post) per county and members were to be called Voyageurs Militaire (military travelers).

Their uniform was to be a chapeau,(overseas cap) the Voyageur would have a gray chapeau with blue pipeing, Voiture Officers would have a red chapeau with blue pipeing, Grand (state) Officers would have a white chapeau with blue pipeing. The National Officers would have a gold colored chapeau with blue pipeing. The Past Officers would have a gray chapeau with either red, white or gold pipeing according to the level office that they held.

With a rented Boxcar the Voyageurs traveled to the National American Legion Convention at Cleveland, Ohio, where 700 Legionaires from across the nation were initiated or wrecked into La Societe.

The National Organization was formed and Joseph Breen was elected Premiere Chef de Chemin de Fer. The National Headquarters (Voiture Nationale) was established in Seattle Washington, and the 40/8 became the playground of the American Legion. The Constitution proposed at Kansas City in 1921 put the 40/8 on the road to progress.
 

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SOLANO COUNTY VOITURE 395 "LOCY"

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2017-2018 OFFICERS OF VOITURE 395

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Chef De Gare

John H. Aldridge707 290-4712misterjohnhenry@comcast.net

Chef De Train

Theodore L. Mar707 425-9690coastey@aol.com

Conducteur

 

Roland L. Shorter, Jr707 552-5410fraso@att.net

Correspondant/Commissaire Intendant

Robert S. Mattson707 644-6295rsmattson@juno.com

Sous Correspondant / Suisun Vets Bldg Rep /
Special Awards
 

Victor L. Kestner707 337-7466Vick@castles.com

Garde De La Porte

Richard P. Rice707 333-8738dkprl@comcast.net

Avocat

James Harris707 678-6905snowlene@sbcglobal.net
Cheminot/Jr. Past Chef de GareNorman D. Dostal707 688-1475normandostal@yahoo.com
Cheminot/Sr. Past Chef de GareJohn L. Hoffman707 642-4925johnhoff1933@gmail.com
CheminotPaul Del Rosario707 246-0919pdelrosario58@hotmail.com
Aumonier
Jesse Taylor707 563-5797busymech@aol.com
Commisaire VoyageurFrank Lessard707 643-6816Frankncb@aol.com
Historian
Robert J. Smith707 557-9621pyrobob1@comcast.net
LampisteWarlito A. Moises707 315-2416wambo@hotmail.com
Medicin
Gary Blackburn707 554-4333npfra@earthlink.com
Publicist

E. Paul Ball707 552-1123ercie.paul@comcast.net
Nurses Training
Victor L. Kestner 707 644-6295Vick@castles.com 
Child WelfareWilfred J. Alexander707 342-9618 
Locomotive and Boxcar Chair
Rotating train
Robert S. Mattson707 644-6295rsmattson@juno.com
Carville Star
Wilfred J. Alexander707 342-9618 
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