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#1 P-59A

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:41 PM

I saw this at a flea market. What is it?

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:53 PM

American Legion ? Look up 40/8 society



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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:57 PM

French WW1 style and color overseas cap for wear by members of the 40 and 8 Society. It is an American Legion sub-group, I think. You often see their membership medals erroneously described as WW1 railway unit medals. "40 and 8" refers to the French railway boxcars in which Doughboys were transported. On the sides of the cars they were marked as being able to carry 40 men or 8 horses.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:06 AM

Thanks!



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:15 AM

I have a lot of these.  Apparently the 40/8 organization is still around but from the looks of the pins I have, I can't figure out exactly what they do. It seems to relate to nursing. They must have get togethers and give these pins out. Most of mine are fairly recent.




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