WW1 40 men or 8 horses Box Car American Legion Color Patch "40 & 8"


This is a new old stock patch from my massive collection.  it is in like new condition.

The organization part of the American Legion, who were veterans of World War I, came together and founded it as an honor society for certain Legion members.  

The title "40 & 8" comes from the box cars that were used to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and the new organization was thus called the 40 & 8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared.