The Passing of Past Commander in Chief Eugene G. Mortorff

General Order #16, Series 2023-2024, May 27, 2024

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Eugene G. Mortorff Past Commander in Chief on May 25, 2024.

  1. Eugene was born in 1954 near Gettysburg, PA. and joined the James A. Garfield Camp #1 in Baltimore, Md in 1998. He also joined 3 other Camps in Pennsylvania and Chesapeake and served as Camp Commander and in other capacities including Patriotic Instructor, and Secretary &Treasurer. He received the MSA/w Gold Star August 2019 and the Cornelious Whitehouse Award in August 2017.
  2. He was elected Commander in Chief in August 2015 in Richmond, Va. He served as a Department Commander in the Department of Chesapeake.
  3. Commander-in-Chief Gene was also in the Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR) and served as Commander in the 2ⁿᵈ Military District for 2 years.
  4. A military veteran, he retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of service and served in the capacities as the Military Training Officer of the Coast Guard Training Centre and at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Eugene’s second career was a Secondary Public School Teacher in Maryland and taught in 4 different schools there, and then retired in 2012. He also served as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts and provided leadership and Guidance at the Troop, District and National level. Gene was a true leader and was highly respected in the SUVCW and had many friends; he will be missed. He also served in the National Headquarters as the first Assistant Executive Director. Please keep the Mortorff family in your prayers and thoughts.

It is hereby ordered that the National Website, the Charters of all Departments, Camps, and membership badges be draped in black for a period of 30 days from the date of this General Order.

Ordered this 27th day of May 2024, Peter J. Hritsko, Jr., Commander in Chief, SUVCW

ACE/Remembrance Day Service

Saturday 2nd November, 2019

11:00  All Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are asked to muster for the Annual Camp Encampment at:

The Chelsea Pig (upper room), Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5BS

Followed by:

13:00  American Civil War Remembrance Day Service at:

Chelsea Old Church, Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5DQ

Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are encouraged to bring their guests to the Service. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

Officers (left) and Guests at the Service in 2018

Remembrance Day and the USS Tulip disaster

By a strange coincidence both events share the same date – the 11th November.

Our Camp namesake, Ensign John Davis, was a sailor on the steam-screw gunboat USS Tulip when, on the 11th November, 1864, off Ragged Point, Virginia, the vessel’s starboard boiler exploded . Of the crew of 57, Davis was one of only 8 survivors. 


An illustration by Barbara Stewart from a sign at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland
Tulips and a ‘Poppy Cross’ are annually left in remembrance at Ensign John Davis’ headstone.

Major Seth Herrick

Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 is delighted to announce the Dedication of the Grave of Major Seth Herrick

27th July, 2019

Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium

Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB

Brothers of this Camp are making a maximum effort to come out in full force in support of this ceremony, which is one of the most important missions we have as Sons of Union Veterans to see that our dead rest in the honour that they deserve.

The ceremony commences at 13:00 and spouses, family and friends are encouraged to attend.