Past Commander Biography

Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145

Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Daniel V. Graves, PCC
Camp Commander - 1997

The Brothers of Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145 elected Daniel V. Graves of Flushing, Commander on 20 Nov. 1996. A Charter Member of the Camp, Brother Graves was installed on January 18, 1997. He was the Camp's fourth Commander.

Among his Civil War ancestors, Brother Graves traces his roots back to a Great Great Uncle, Alfred Taylor, who served in CO.A, First Michigan Cavalry, Michigan Cavatry Brigade. Alfred was wounded at White Post, Virginia in 1864. Brother Graves qualifying ancestor is Valerous E. Graves, a Great Great Uncle. Valerous served in CO.G., First Michigan Engineers & Mechanics. He enlisted in 1864 and served to the end of the war.

Brother Graves has served in many Camp Offices including Secretary, Treasurer, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Guide. Brother Graves served as Adjutant for the 30th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve in the Rank of Second Lieutenant from 1995 - 1997. The 30th Michigan SVR is the Color Guard for the Department of Michigan.

Brother Graves currently serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has served as both Flotilla & Division Staff Officer. His current administrative assignment is Flotilla Commander, Flint. He also serves in Support of Coast Guard Surface Operations at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, Essexville, MI. Brother Graves is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 64, Flint. He currently serves as a member of American Legion Post 64's Color Guard. Dan's link to the American Legion is through his Father, Vernon M. Graves Jr.. Vernon was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.