Past Commander Biography

Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145

Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Terrance L. McKinch, PCC
Camp Commander - 1995

Terrance L. McKinch of Davison, was elected Camp Commander on November 16, 1994, and installed at the Camp's Anniversary Encampment on January 21, 1995. A Charter Member of the Camp, McKinch was the second Commander elected by the Camp after its organization in 1992.

Terry, sometimes better know as "Colonel McKinch", was an active Civil War re-enactor, which helped the Camp establish one of Michigan's finest and largest Camp Guards.

Among his other offices held he most enjoyed Camp Chaplain. His most avid project was replacing Civil War headstones and upkeep of Aventine Cemetery, he also started the fund to adopt a Civil War Flag through Michigan "Save the Flags" program. Terry served both the Department of Michigan as Chief of Staff for PDC David F. Wallace, and the National Organization as a member of the National Military Affairs Committee and was later appointed Chairman of this committee. Terry is also the recipient of the War Medal of the Order with Vietnam Action Bar.

Brother McKinch had a number of ancestors in the Civil War, including Riley D. McKinch, private, 17th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry; Marcus McCrumb, Sergeant, 8th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and Benjamin Balderson, Private, 43d Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Some of Terry's other pursuits are; his nineteen year involvement with Boy Scouts of America, 4-H Clubs of America and one of his greatest loves, his activities with Masonic Temple and Knights Templar.