​​Grande Voiture du Texas

La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux

The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses

G R A N D E   V O I T U R E   D U   T E X A S

 The above video was chosen as a  tribute to our founders who were veterans of WWI


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Click on photo below to see a short film

"Life on a Forty & Eight"

Life on a Forty & Eight video

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HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

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SPRING CHEMINOT - AUSTIN, TX

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Membership in La Societe is by invitation from a current member.  You must be active duty military or honorably discharged military.  

We are looking for veterans who are interested in working our charity programs such as: 

Americanism (Flags for 1st Graders), Nurses Training Scholarship, Child Welfare and Youth Sports!

​If you are interested in becoming a member please contact me at:  davidknutson@sbcglobal.net

​You will be given a point of contact in your area who will meet and interview you.  It is up to that person to invite you into their local Voiture.  


OUR 1920 FOUNDERS WERE VETERANS OF W.W.I. FRANCE.  During the First World War, French boxcars carried American Doughboys to the front.  These wartime boxcars, which held either 40 men or 8 horses, were emblazoned with a “40/8”; a symbol readily understood by American veterans of that era.  Today our organization’s titles are in French and we meet in symbolic W.W.I. train depots, in grateful homage to the sacrifices of our Doughboy founders and indeed to honor all Americans who yet serve. -- We are most commonly known as “La Societe” or simply “The Forty & Eight”. 

2018 MEMBERSHIP

(Nov 24, 2017)

​Goal - 300

The Texas Merci Boxcar was part of the Gratitude Train sent from France to the United States in February 1949.  The Grande Voiture du Texas of the Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses, more commonly known as the “Forty & Eight”, are the custodians of the Texas Merci Boxcar and have maintained it since it was received by then Governor Buford Jester and a host of delegates in 1949. 

In February 2014, the Texas Merci Boxcar was moved to Camp Mabry to be put on extended display in the Great Hall of the Texas Military Forces Museum.  Go to the "LINKS" page for more information on the Texas Military Forces Museum.