Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
David V. Medert of Chillicothe, Ohio was elected Commander-In-Chief at the SUVCW’s 127th National Encampment in Peabody, MA, on 9 August 2008. CinC Medert’s membership is based upon the service of his great-great grandfather, Cpl. Jacob Medert, Co. D, 126 th OVI.
Br. Medert was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, the son of PCinC David R. and Patricia Fife Medert. The son of a retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer, Br. David’s lived in Jackson, Chillicothe, Mansfield, and Albany, Ohio, where he graduated from Alexander High School in May 1970.
Following high school, Br. David enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologist where he served until his retirement from active duty in 1993 as a Sr. Chief Petty Officer. During his 23-year career, he served onboard three submarines, an aircraft carrier, light cruiser, heavy cruiser, frigate, an airborne reconnaissance squadron, and numerous stateside and overseas duty assignments. His final assignment was as at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC, where he served as a Technical Advisor of a 4,000 member intelligence community.
After retiring from the Navy, Br. Medert sold life insurance for a short time before becoming the Director of Human Resources for an Agency providing assistance for individuals with mental and physical disabilities and homemaker care for veterans. The last two years, he has been the Service Manager for Harley-Davidson of Chillicothe.
Br. David is very active in Ohio Freemasonry. He is a member of Scioto Lodge 6, F&AM of Ohio and was Worshipful Master of his Lodge for two years. He is also active in the York Rite where he was elected as Excellent High Priest of his Chapter, Illustrious Master of his Council, and Eminent Commander of his Commandery of Knights Templar, receiving his Knight York Cross of Honor in 2002. He was also the 7th Masonic District Deputy Grand Master for three years.
Br. David joined Gov. Wm. Dennison Camp 125, Dept. of Ohio in May 1988 and subsequently served as Camp Secretary/Treasurer. In 1996, he formed the Sgt Richard Enderlin Camp 73, where he served as Camp Commander. Medert has been active in the Dept. of Ohio and served as Dept. Commander in 2000. Under his leadership, the Dept. of Ohio chartered five new Camps. Following that post, David was elected Dept. Secretary/Treasurer.
Br. Medert has been active in Civil War reenacting since his father introduced him to it in the late 1950s at the tender age of seven. The Civil War wasn’t 100 years old and Medert and his Father were actively involved in artillery providing demonstrations at the Ohio State Fair and local community events. In 1993, he joined Battery I, 1st Ohio Lt. Artillery, where he served as Battery Commander for 7 years.
Nationally, Br. Medert was the Nat..Membership List Coordinator, served on the Legislation Committee, as Adjutant General of the SVR, and in 1997, was appointed Commanding General of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, holding that position until his retirement in 2007. He is the recipient of the SVR Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal and the SUVCW’s Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star.
He and his wife Dianna of 27 years have two sons and seven grandchildren