The 40 and 8 is a service group of
Legionnaires; it is a separate organization, but it's members are drawn
from the ranks of The American Legion. More formally called "La Societe
des Quarante Hommes at Huit", the organization is commonly known as the 40
and 8 (or 40 et 8, or 40/8) a name taken from the group's origins after
the first World War when US servicemen in France were transported to the
front lines in French railroad cars labeled with the insignia 40/8 to mark
their capacity as forty men or eight horses.
covers a wider geographic area for each Voiture of the 40 and 8 then it
does the individual posts of The American Legion, and Voiture 146 (the group
in the Aberdeen area) covers much of northeastern South Dakota; from Sisseton
to Mobridge, and from Warner to the North Dakota border. Meetings can rotate between
the Legion post homes, but are most often held in Aberdeen.
Meetings are on the second Monday of each month, and begin at 8:00 pm.
The 40 and 8 support many of the same areas as The American Legion does,
including Veteran's support, Americanism, and Child Welfare, and some of
the individual programs include:
and the Carville Star
(publication an research for Hansen's Disease)
For more information on the 40 et 8, please contact
PO Box 641
Aberdeen, SD 57402