Gen. John W. Sprague Camp No. 4 of Tacoma, WA

With a date of rank of January 7, 2024, this camp serves the 10 counties of Southwestern Washington: Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, & Wahkiakum.  The Original Gen John W. Sprague Camp No. 4, Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (today Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) was chartered on February 15, 1890 in Tacoma, Washington.

Gen. John W. Sprague Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our camp is named in honor of John Wilson Sprague, Medal of Honor recipient, first Mayor of Tacoma, and brigadier general.  To learn more about our camp namesake, click here.

Please direct membership inquiries to

Our next camp meeting is March 2, 2024. Please see below for details


Jeff Elder
Chehalis, WA

Council Member 1 (Chairman)
Loran Bures, PDC
Olympia, WA

Council Member 2
Eric Olsen
Rochester, WA

Garry Carpenter
Washougal, WA

Allen Furlow
Battle Ground, WA
George Vernon
Kelso, WA
John McCarthy
Tacoma, WA

Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator
Edwin Dierdoff
Renton, WA

ROTC/JROTC/NDCC Recognition Coordinator
Edwin Dierdoff
Renton, WA

Signals Officer
Eric Olsen
Rochester, WA

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Jeff Lightburn
Ridgefield, WA


Camp Meeting
Sat. Mar. 2, 2024 Social hour and lunch 12:00 PM. Meeting starts at 1:00 PM.

There will be a special program after our business meeting that begins at 2:45 PM

“The Founding of the Grand Army of the Republic and its Creation of the Sons”

Presented by Robert J. Wolz, Past SUVCW National Historian and author of Grand Army Men and Grand Army Women will join us from Key West, Florida via Zoom.

Zoom invite to be sent out closer to the date.
Elks Kelso-Longview Lodge 1482
900 Ash St, Kelso, WA
Elks Kelso Longview Lodge 1482
Camp Meeting
Sat. May 4, 2024 Time TBD
Camp Meeting
Sat., July 20, 2024 Time TBD

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