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Stup given Americanism Award at Forty and Eight banquet

August 08, 2012
  • Richard L. Stup, left, of Frederick, Md., is presented the Grande Voiture de Maryland Americanism Award by National Chef de Chemin de Fer Robert Molina of the Society of the Forty and Eight.
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FREDERICK, Md. — Richard L. Stup of Frederick was presented the Americanism Award by Grande Voiture De Maryland of the veterans Society of the Forty and Eight at its 91st annual banquet and installation of officers in Easton, Md., July 28.

The award was presented by National Chef de Chemin de Fer Robert Molina of Tucson, Ariz., and National Sous Directeur of Americanism Norman M. Covert of Frederick.

Molina heads the 33,000-member organization headquartered in Indianapolis, and was the honored guest at the annual weekend convention of Grande Voiture de Maryland.

Stup was honored for his many years of service to veterans and their families, boosting understanding of America’s history and traditions among children and adults.

Stup is past commander of Francis Scott Key Post 11, the American Legion, and secretary of the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and past chef de gare (commander) of Frederick/Carroll Voiture 155.

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He brokered an agreement this year among the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter, Frederick/Carroll Voiture 155 and FSK Post II sponsoring the eight winners in the annual SAR essay contest among public and private school fifth-graders.

The Forty and Eight was established in 1920 by returning World War I veterans using the French Railroad organization as its model and the 40/8 Box Car as its name. Allied Expeditionary Forces were transported to the front in the box cars designed to carry either 40 men or eight horses. 

Grande Voiture de Maryland was chartered in February 1922.

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