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zaitsev44 10-24-2013 02:15 AM

Unit Insignia
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My mother is a hospice RN and one of her patients had this unit insignia(?) on his door. He recently passed away and it's still on his door (it's at a nursing home for veterans). He was General George Pattons mechanic. Unfortunately I didn't get around to getting to talking to him about his experiences (he would actually talk to my mom about some of his experiences), and I deeply regret not getting to talk to him. Here's the insignia. Thanks for any feedback!

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bargeahead 10-24-2013 02:23 AM

He would have been someone I too would have enjoyed and been honored to speak to.

Interesting research; I didn't get too far into it but this may be a starting point. Best of luck.

shadecorp 10-24-2013 02:26 AM

May he Rest in Peace.
Sadly, we tend to put these things off till a better time.
Sadly, sometimes the better time never comes.
I have known some folks I wish I could go back in time and talk to about their lives.
We have to make time, in this present time.

My Granddaughter, years ago,
wanted to know about my history.
She asked,
What was it like being in the Civil War.

c3shooter 10-24-2013 02:27 AM

Contact US Army Institute of Heraldry

Email: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA Mailbox TIOH Webmaster

zaitsev44 10-24-2013 02:36 AM

I emailed the address in the link. I appreciate it. In the summers I sometimes go with her to just spend some time with some veterans. Unfortunately they don't talk about their war experiences but they still are great to talk to. There was one that I visited regularly that was both a Korea and Vietnam vet, but that's a story for another time.....

zaitsev44 10-24-2013 03:11 AM

I found out the meaning of it. A member on another forum gave me the Wikipedia link. Here's a summary of it"The Forty and Eight is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces. Its official name is "La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux," which is French, and translates as "The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses."

c3shooter 10-24-2013 12:06 PM

Excellent! The 40 or 8 was considered a miserable way to travel- and the guys took the name in memory of it.

I was in one unit that we gave out the "Ham with Lima Beans" award to the hardest charging young enlisted man. Named after one of the worst C-ration meals in existence, denoting one who could persevere in tough circumstances. (The certificate for that used the lid from a can of Ham & Limas as the seal)

fuldagapflieger 11-11-2013 12:51 AM

If you ever get to Ft. Belvoir, go to the old O'Club...go upstairs to the Engineer Regiment Room...nice, dark paneled wood, walls are covered in Engineer Regimental include one (had to have been made up by a group of enterprising LT's entitled Don't Kick Our Dog....I am not making this up!

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