Softly Call the Muster: The Evolution of a Texas Aggie Tradition / Edition 1

Softly Call the Muster: The Evolution of a Texas Aggie Tradition / Edition 1

by John A. Adams
     
 


Texas A&M University has many unique traditions, but the annual muster ceremony held on April 21 is among the most hallowed. No other gathering brings more former students together for a single event, marked by Aggies in more than four hundred locations worldwide. Aggies originally observed San Jacinto Day--the victory on April 21, 1836, by the Texans over Santa… See more details below

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Texas A&M University has many unique traditions, but the annual muster ceremony held on April 21 is among the most hallowed. No other gathering brings more former students together for a single event, marked by Aggies in more than four hundred locations worldwide. Aggies originally observed San Jacinto Day--the victory on April 21, 1836, by the Texans over Santa Anna--with club activities. During the WWII defense of Corregidor in Manila Bay the muster tradition gained broader significance. Surrounded, pounded by several quarter-ton shells a minute, and with little hope of relief that April of 1942, Gen. George F. Moore '08 thought of his alma mater and sought out a roster of all Aggies on Corregidor. News of the Aggie spirit in that dark hour electrified the nation.

This book traces the evolution of Aggie Muster from its early roots to the modern-day observance. Through research and hundreds of interviews, John A. Adams, Jr. '73 has captured the essence and spirit of this honored Texas Aggie tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890965863
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Series:
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, #52
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
116
Sales rank:
1,328,107
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Softly Call the Muster3
The 1903 "Incident"8
The Roaring Twenties12
The 1930s16
Corregidor17
Aggie Muster31
Homecoming36
The Muster Legacy50
Appendix A. The Muster Poem63
Appendix B. "Nazi Gunfire Fails to Drown Aggie Chant," 194465
Appendix C. MacArthur's Message to the Aggies, 194667
Appendix D. Muster Report from Vietnam, 196768
Appendix E. Muster Report from Desert Storm, 199170
Appendix F. Defenders of Corregidor, April 21, 194272
Appendix G. Campus Muster Speakers, 1943-9373
Notes77
Index87

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