Sons of Union Veterans of
2950 Lake County Hwy. Calistoga,

Department Signals Officer

Tad D. Campbell, PCinC

Commander-in-Chief 2014-2015

Tad D. Campbell was born November 25, 1970 at Los Gatos, California, the first of two sons of Donald and Kathy Campbell. Shortly thereafter he moved with his parents to a small ranch in rural Gilroy, the southernmost city in Santa Clara County and now famous as the "Garlic Capital of the World".

He attended the local Gilroy schools and graduated from Gilroy High School. He then attended Gavilan Community College in Gilroy and San José State University with a major in history.

In 1992 Tad began a career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher with the San José Police Department. He has been an active member of the Communications staff, participating on a number of important committees, including the selection of new phone and computer systems. Tad has also been a dedicated Communications Training Officer, having taught more than eighty new employees one-on-one in the skills necessary to process 9-1-1 calls. He was the innaugural recipient of the SJPD Communications Training Officer of the Month award, has been named SJPD Dispatcher of the Quarter three times, and SJPD Dispatcher of the Year three times. In 2013 he received the Special Achievment Award from the Public Safety Communications Managers Association of Santa Clara County (PSCMA).

Tad's life-long interest in history began while he was still in his youth. In the late 1980s he began researching his family history, which led to the discovery that he is directly descended from seven Union ancestors and one Confederate ancestor, as follows:

Ira Erastus Angus
Co. F, 10th Michigan Cavalry

John Henderson Appleton
Co. E, 17th Indiana Infantry, Wilder's Lightning Brigade

George W. Duryee
Co. A, 4th Michigan Infantry

Bennett Tiner
Co. B, 1st Arkansas Infantry (Benton County Home Guards - USA)

Alexander Oakes
Co. F, 1st Arkansas Cavalry (USA)

William Oakes
Co. H, 60th Enrolled Missouri Infantry (USA)
Co. G, 5th Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia (USA)

Jonathan Edward Wolf
Co. A, 18th Iowa Infantry

Eldridge Campbell
Co. I, 25th Virginia Cavalry (CSA)

Over the years Tad has discovered that he has an additional 46 blood uncles who served during the Civil War — 33 for the Union and 13 for the Confederacy. A complete list can be found at the following link:

Norse Highlanders Genealogy

In 1997 Tad became interested in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and was recruited into the Phil Sheridan Camp No. 4 of San José by the late Donald Cheney, PDC. A Life Member of the organization, Tad is an active member of Camp No. 4, having served in every elective office, including two terms as Camp Commander, and in the appointed positions of Patriotic Instructor, Newsletter Editor, Historian, and Signals Officer/Webmaster.

Tad was elected three times to the office of Department Commander and is in his fourteenth year as Department Signals Officer/Webmaster. Since becoming active in the organization, Tad has not missed an opportunity to serve his Brothers as a Delegate to the Department and National Encampments, including the 1st Special National Encampment at Gettysburg in 2007. In addition to his duties with the Camp and Department, he has also lent his efforts at the National level as a member of the National Committee on History, the National Committee on Constitution and Regulations, and as Chairman of the National Committees on Fraternal Relations and Program and Policy . Tad was elected to a three-year term on the National Council of Administration in 2009, and was unanimously elected Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief in 2012, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief in 2013, and finally Commander-in-Chief at the 133rd Annual National Encampment at Marietta, Georgia in 2014.

As a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR), Tad is a First Sergeant in Company C, 8th California Volunteer Infantry. He also belongs to the California Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the Union States (MOLLUS).

Tad's wife Rachelle is the organizer and Past President of the Dr. Mary E. Walker Auxiliary No. 52, Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and served as President of the Department of California and Pacific for seven years. She has also served as the National Press Correspondant, National Patriotic Instructor, as a member of the National Council, National Chaplain, National Vice President, and finally as National President for the 2014-2015 term. It was the first time since 1985 that the two national heads had simultaneously been from the same household. Rachelle belongs to the Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States (DOLLUS), the Woman's Relief Corps (WRC), and the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (LGAR). Tad has assisted the Auxiliary as Counselor for several terms.

Honoring his Southern heritage, Tad is a life member of the Morgan's Men Association and a life member of the Gov. Charles S. Thomas Camp No. 2126, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Grand Junction, Colorado.

In addition, Tad is also a member of the Civil War Trust, the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans (SSAWV), the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and Bloodlines of Salem.

Tad and Rachelle reside in Gilroy, California with their daughter, Emelia.


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