La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), is an independent, invitation only, honor society of American veterans and service members; more commonly known as The Forty and Eight.
The Forty and Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, to promote the well-being of veterans, their widows, widowers and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurses training.
The titles and symbols of The Forty and Eight are derived from the experiences of U.S. troops during World War I. Americans soldiers were transported to the front on the French rail system. Cramped into narrow gauge boxcars, each stenciled with “40 Hommes/8 Chevaux”, denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses. This uncomfortable mode of transportation was a familiar, common experience for every Dough boy that fought in the trenches; a mutual small misery among American soldiers. Thereafter, they found “40/8” a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, unspoken horrors and shared sacrifice that bind all who have endured combat.
The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran's organization in 1960. Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED
Each year at its annual Christmas Party, Voiture 103 of the 40 & 8 presents a Distinguished Service Award to one of its members. It is the Voiture’s most prestigious award.
The recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award was Art Jones. Art is a 50- year member of the American Legion and a 25-year member of Voiture 103.
Voyageur Jones was born on October 31,
1928 in Cranston, Rhode Island and enlisted
in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 in Boston,
Massachusetts. He survived the Battle of
the Chosin Reservoir and also served in VietNam 1969 -1974. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years.
Art was employed by Montgomery Ward for 12 years and Southeast Community College for 12 years. He has been a member of the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve continuously for over 40 years and, among many other awards, received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering at the VA Hospital in Lincoln. Art has been very active with the Post 3 Honor Guard for over 28 years, participating in well over 170 funeral services.
In his spare time, Art volunteers with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and also is a member of the Elks and VFW --- sharing his time with these organizations on a regular basis.