Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Texas A&M Aggie Muster on Corregidor, 2015

Today we were honored to have about three dozen Texas A&M "Aggies" on Corregidor to dedicate a new Topside monument.

From the back page of today's program:  "If there is an A&M man in one hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, sup a little and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas." - "The Texas Aggie," April 15, 1923.

Each April 21, Aggies gather in more than 300 places around the world to remember their days at A&M.  The most famous "musters" not held on the A&M campus occurred on Corregidor during fierce fighting in 1942, which was possibly limited to a roll call of Aggies who had passed away in the past year, and in 1946, when over 130 Aggies gathered at the mouth of Malinta Tunnel.

Aggie Muster, Corregidor, April 21, 1946

Following are selected photos taken at today's ceremony.  The monument was placed on Topside, right next to the monument that honors the members of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team who landed on Corregidor on Feb. 16, 1945, and whom we've mentioned on many previous occasions.

Earlier this morning

Bob Epstein, A&M class of '44, about to unveil the monument.  Bob was the only man present at the ceremony who had also taken part in the 1946 muster on Corregidor.

Bob presenting the wreath with the assistance of two present-day cadets

The unveiled monument, and the wreath of red and white roses.

Corregidor Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Artemio Matibag gives the welcoming remarks, after Steve had made the opening remarks.

A view from behind the audience, with Topside Parade Ground in the distance

Marty Holmes continues opening remarks and thank yous, with the 503rd Monument and Topside Barracks in the background

Bob Epstein (cap) with his son Ross, and main speaker John Adams, Jr. '73

John presents the muster speech

Fourteen candles were lit, one for each man named in the "roll call for the absent"

Bob reflects on the '46 Muster

Bob and cadets placing the A&M seal

Marty leads the group singing, "The Spirit of Aggieland"

All Aggies sing along

Marty expressing thanks to Col. Art and Beth Pernicita for their assistance in making this day possible

Marcia, Art, Marty, and Steve

The Aggies begin to gather for photos

All Aggies present stand before the new monument

The Aggie Seal

The 1942 Muster roster, one of four plaques on the monument

Steve with Ross and Bob

As we were walking away we noticed these cadets posing with the Texas flag

For more information about the famous musters here in 1942 and 1946, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muster_%28Texas_A%26M_University%29 and scroll down to the section called "World War II."

Texas A&M is a very proud institution.  If you would like to see the 300-member Texas A&M band playing the "Aggie War Hymn" at a football halftime show, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur09wez6pMo

Steve and Marcia on the Rock

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh, ok. I took the day tour on Sat Mar 28th and was wondering what was under construction next to the Rock Force Monument. Looks like this was it. -@manilaraf