Title: National Commander
Company: La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio, United States
Frank W. Kronen, National Commander of La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in veteran services.
In his position as the national commander, Mr. Kronen is the face of La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, or The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses, commonly known as the Forty and Eight. The organization’s name is derived from the French army box cars that transported American soldiers to the Western Front during World War I. Each car was stenciled with “40/8,” indicating that it could carry 40 men or eight cavalry horses. The organization is a nonprofit veterans organization that operates strictly on invitation. Mr. Kronen attends functions and promenades, or meetings, for significant events including inductions and memorial days. He also recommends replacements for vacant positions.
In preparation for his career, Mr. Kronen completed coursework at the University of Maryland and graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972. For eight years, Mr. Kronen served as the secretary and treasurer of the National Box Car Association. He maintains life membership to the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, American Veterans and United Polish Club of Elyria in Ohio. In 2022, he was recognized with the Mr. Box Car Award. Among his career achievements, he is proudest of his service as the 104th national commander of the Forty and Eight. In the coming years, Mr. Kronen plans to continue his service to the organization.
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