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; North Barracks and Niles Hall were demolished in 2017 because both building were about to collapse.

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



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Headlines from the 2018 All Class Reunion

Everyone had a great time at the RMA Reunion in Rock Island and Aledo during the weekend of August 24-26.  In addition to the renewing of friendship and camaraderie, two major things came out of the weekend.

  • The city and citizens of Aledo, led by Mayor Chris Hagloch, went out of their way to make the visiting cadets welcome and expressed their wish that RMA cadets consider themselves part of the Aledo Community.

  • Over the past few months, there has been much talk about closing the association because nobody was willing to step up and stand for election to the board of directors.  Partially because of the warm welcome and renewed interest in the association by the Aledo community, several past presidents put together a slate of officers, who were elected by acclamation by the membership. 

Here is a more detailed roundup of the action and some coverage from WQAD, Channel 8 in the Quad Cities.

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The RMA Banner Flies High over the "Ponderosa"

The RMA flag presented to webmaster Bob Fritz '65 at the 2014 Reunion in appreciation for his contribution to the Association is shown flying over his house in the Virginia City Highlands, Nevada.  Actually, the house is about a mile across the road that marks the border of the mythical Ponderosa Ranch on the map shown at the beginning of every episode of the old Bonanza TV series.  Bob alternates the RMA flag with several others--US Army, Chicago Bears (during NFL season), Chicago Cubs (during MLB seaason) and Nevada.

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Need Copies of Your RMA Academic Records

All academic records from Roosevelt have been turned over to the Mercer County Museum in Aledo for permanent storage.  If you would like a copy of your academic record, please request it in writing over your signature to:

Ms. Veda Meriwether, Museum Curator
Essley- Noble Museum & Mercer County Historical Society
1406 SE 2nd Avenue
Aledo, IL  61231

Please include your full name at the time of your attendance and the year or years you attended the academy.

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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, faculty and staff
who have been lost during the past 12 months.

Name    Class Year  

Date of Loss

Cadet Marvin Leader 1944 January 2, 2018
Cadet Michael Keegan 1970 March 6, 2018
Cadet Dave Armstrong 1956 April 4, 2018
Cadet Bill Ryan 1964 June 12, 2018

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



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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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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