Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
David R. Medert was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at the 114th annual encampment at Columbus, OH on August 12, 1995.
Brother Medert is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio. He bases his eligibility in our Order on his great grandfather, Cpl. Jacob Medert who enlisted in Co. D, 106th OVI on August 15, 1862 and was honorably discharged June 29, 1865.
Brother Medert served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and represents his ancestor, Major General Edward Hand of Lancaster, PA.
He is one of two remaining charter members of the General Joshua Sill Chapter of the Chillicothe Civil War Roundtable which was founded in 1957 and is still active.
He is a member of the 1st families of Chillicothe, Ohio, The American Legion, a 32 degree Mason and founder and President of the Hand Family Association of Lancaster, PA.
Brother Medert received an Associate Degree in Psychology at Ohio University and attend several other Universities for a variety of subjects. He served 28 years in the Ohio Highway Patrol where he was promoted though the ranks to Assistant District Commander.
He joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in 1988 and organized Camp Wm. Dennison #125 the same year with 25 members and served as its first Commander. The Camp now has 98 members.
He was Ohio Department Commander for two years at which time the number of Camps increased from 4 active and 4 dormant camps to 14 active camps. Ohio membership has increased from 150 in 1988 to our current 432.
Since joining the SUVCW Brother Medert has brought about 150 new members into the Order.
Brother Medert is a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserve and is editor of the GUIDON. Medert has three generations of his family in the SUV and the SVR.
He and his wife Patricia have been married for 46 years. Patricia is a historical author, archivist and President of a five building local historical society. They have 6 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.