RMA Rough Rider Association for for cadets, faculty/staff and friends of Roosevelt Military Academy

Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, Illinois, was home for over 3000 cadets from 1931 thru 1973. In 1973 the academy closed, a corn field is now where the football and track team practiced, the academic building has been removed with North Barracks and Niles Hall still standing but nearly on the verge of collapse.

The Scarlet and Gray spirit lives on
Cadence Count:  Rough Riders Bold and Strong....Building Men All Lifelong.

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Huge addition to the Biennial RMA Reunion

We will again return to Aledo/Rock Island for the 2014 Reunion  on August 22-24, 2014.

It is both my honor and my pleasure to announce to all that Ronn Jutkins' RMA Memorial statue project has come to fruition.  We will have the dedication service on the grounds of the Mercer County Courthouse, Saturday August 23rd.  We will be unveiling the RoughRider bronze that has been a work of the heart by Ronn and I sincerely hope that as many of us that can ride, fly, or walk to Aledo will be in attendance for this momentous occasion.

 We will have a videographer at the site to record the event for posterity. The memorial will stand proudly so that anyone living in or going through Aledo will be aware of the everlasting presence of Roosevelt Military Academy and those of us in attendance will have a permanent record.

 If you can possibly be there, come and join us for a historic reunion and gathering of Eagles.   Here are all the details.

Mel Bogus
RMA Rough Rider Association

The photo at the right shows Jack Gwynne '66 (left) and Bob Kramer '65 examining the bronze statue after delivery to Lackey Monuments in Galesburg. (Photo by Steve Davis, Galesburg Register-Mail.  Click for a more close-up photo of the statute and an artist's rendering of the statue's placement at the Mercer County. Courthouse.

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RMA's "Lost Battalion"

Over the years, we have lost contact with a virtual "battalion" of cadets and we would like you to help us locate them.  Mike Vagi '60 has created a list of cadets, faculty and friends with whom we were in contact at one point, but have lost touch with them.  Take a few minutes to review the names of the "Lost Battalion" to see if there is someone you are in contact with or, perhaps, an old classmate that you would be willing to spend a little time trying to locate.

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Armed Forces Memorial - Cadets

Aledo has built with the support of the Rough Rider Association a memorial that honors of all the men and women of Mercer County who have served our Country in the Armed Forces or attended RMA.  There is a designated area to honor and recognize former Roosevelt Military Academy cadets Click here for full details and how you can participate.

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Rough Riders Down....

It is with sad hearts we list cadets and faculty
who have been lost during the past 12 months.

Name    Class Year  

Date of Loss

Cadet Gene Shalander, Sr 1950 August 23, 2013
Cadet David Cargill 1961 November 7, 2013
Cadet Kenneth J. Kraly 1957 November 10, 2013
Cadet Dean Swift Nyhart 1945 December 24, 2013
Cadet Jim Ringle 1962 April 10, 2014
Cadet Allen Loeb 1966 April 20, 2014
Cadet Donald “Guy” Bassett 1971 May 1, 2014
Cadet Willard "Tony" Morrison 1946 June 22, 2014
Cadet John "Jack" Jeans 1971 July 16, 2014

  For a full list of Rough Riders who we know have passed, go to TAPS  


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RMA Quartermaster Store

Whenever a cadet needed to buy uniforms or other RMA-unique items, he would visit the Quartermaster Store in the Administration Building.  Now we have created an online quartermaster to provide RMA memorabilia, merchandise and electronic copies of yearbooks for members of the RMA Rough Riders Association, alumni and friends of RMA.  Visit the Quartermaster Store today.

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The RMA Roster of Cadets and Faculty/Staff

You can now easily update the RMA Roster with your e-mail and snail-mail address and telephone number.  At the same time you can request a copy of the Roster be sent to you, if you are a member of the RMA Rough Riders Association.

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       ROOSEVELT MILITARY ACADEMY is named for Theodore Roosevelt who so ably represents the ideals of American youth.  His magnanimous sprit, commanding personality, alert mind, and abounding physical energy represent our ideals for each cadet who studies at Roosevelt Military Academy.

       It is the Purpose of Roosevelt Military Academy to educate boys and aid them in their growth processes.

       The Academy strives to develop in each and every cadet qualities of leadership, both academically and socially, that will aid them - not only in a mastery of his formal education - but also in the full development of his physical, social and moral capacities


--from an RMA Catalog published in the late 1960's

Did you know? 

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New cadets in 1965 are accepted into the cadet corps after
marching through the RMA ceremonial gate

See more pictures of Cadet Life.  

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  Send comments and suggestions for the RMA Rough Rider Association Home Page to
Webmaster Bob Fritz '65