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

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The rich heritage of Texas A&M University is marked by a number of unique traditions, none more important than Aggie Muster. Observance of San Jacinto Day - the victory on April 21, 1836, by the Texans over Santa Anna - evolved into A&M Club activities, a structured muster ceremony, and eventually a worldwide observance by Aggies and friends of Texas A&M. The tradition gained broad significance during the WWII defense of Corregidor in Manila Bay. Surrounded, outnumbered, and with little hope of relief, the contingent of Aggies on the "Rock" mustered at the encouragement of Gen. George F. Moore '08. News of the Aggies' reflecting on the victors of San Jacinto and their alma mater 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 the Texas Aggies' most time-honored tradition.
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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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