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

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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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Meet the Author

John A. Adams, Jr. '73 holds a doctorate in history from Texas A&M University. He is a former commander of Squadron One (1972-73) of the Cadet Corps and a member of the Ross Volunteer Firing Squad.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Softly Call the Muster 3
The 1903 "Incident" 8
The Roaring Twenties 12
The 1930s 16
Corregidor 17
Aggie Muster 31
Homecoming 36
The Muster Legacy 50
Appendix A. The Muster Poem 63
Appendix B. "Nazi Gunfire Fails to Drown Aggie Chant," 1944 65
Appendix C. MacArthur's Message to the Aggies, 1946 67
Appendix D. Muster Report from Vietnam, 1967 68
Appendix E. Muster Report from Desert Storm, 1991 70
Appendix F. Defenders of Corregidor, April 21, 1942 72
Appendix G. Campus Muster Speakers, 1943-93 73
Notes 77
Index 87
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