Established in 1996
Past Camp Commanders
Steven Leicht 1996 & 1999
Robert Amsler Jr 1997-1998, 2018
Dr Donald J Palmer Jr 2000
John Avery 2001-2002
Mark Coplin 2003-2004, 2012,
Mark Coplin 2015-2017
Walter E Busch 2005-2007
Gary Scheel 2008 (honors transferred to St. James Camp #326)
David R Busch 2009
Martin R Aubuchon 2010
Daniel E Jackson 2011
Robert AuBuchon 2013-2014
Robert M Petrovic (10 yrs as Sec/Treas)
Richard Frank (honors transferred in
from defunct Moore Camp #70)
Members Rising in the Ranks
Members Who Have Advanced in the Organization.
Dr. Donald J Palmer Jr, Past Commander-in Chief
James Pahl, dual member, Past Commander-in-Chief
Martin Aubuchon, Past Department Commander
John Avery, Past Department Commander
Walter E Busch, Past Department Commander
Robert M Petrovic, Past Department Commander
Steven Leicht, Past Department Commander
Walt Busch - Past National SUVCW Council of Administration
Robert Petrovic - Past National SUVCW Council of Administration
REAL SONS - DECEASED MEMBERS OF OUR CAMP
Hilbert Gramelspacher, real son of a Union soldier, receives his membership badge from Dept Commander Christopher Warren, and became a member of US Grant Camp.
Hilbert Joseph Gramelspacher of Poplar Bluff, Missouri died on February 1, 2015 at the age of 95 years.
Brother Gramelspacher was a member of U.S. Grant Camp No. 68, Department of Missouri. His father, Joseph Gramelspacher, served as a Private in Company E, 143rd Indiana Infantry.
Brother Gramelspacher worked in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for two years and served seven years and four months in the U.S. Coast Guard during and after World War II. He was a radio man on the ice cutter USS Comanche on the Greenland Patrol and on the destroyer escort USS Falgout on trips to North Africa. During his working career he was a Westinghouse appliance repairman and service manager in California where he worked in the homes of several
celebrities, including Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, Jerry Lewis and Cybill Shepherd.
George W. Williams, Real Son, became a member of US Grant Camp in March, 2007. He was a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserve and was sworn into his rank as Corporal by Commander-in-Chief James Pahl at the St. Louis National Encampment in 2007.
The grave marker of Private Henry Williams, the father of George Williams of our camp, indicated that he had served in a Confederate Unit. Private Henry Williams proudly served in the Union Army at
places such as at the Battle’s of Franklin, TN and Nashville TN. Brother George has tried to have his tombstone corrected and finally that day arrived. On a cold drizzly day, December 8, 2007 his wishes were delivered. Brother George, now 96 years old, and his family were able to make the four hour drive to Jeff, Missouri which is near Thayer, MO on the Arkansas border to attend the ceremony. The corrected grave marker was placed at the grave. It was an amazing day. Along with Brother George, there were also immediate family in attendance which included nieces and nephews.
George passed away on 25 Oct 2008. Grant Camp Chaplain John Avery conducted
the ceremonies at the funeral home and at the grave site. He was buried on October 27th at Bethlehem Cemetery on Bellefontaine Road in North St. Louis. Department Commander Emmett Taylor was present both at the wake and at the funeral. We cannot express our appreciation in a way that would do him justice. Commander-in-Chief Dave V. Medert called and expressed his sympathy to the family. Besides our Commander Taylor there were five members of the Grant Camp there.
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