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 are still standing, but nearly on the verge of collapse.

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

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RMA 2018 All Class Reunion

Planning for our next reunion is well underway. The festivities will be Friday through Sunday, August 24-26, 2018, and we will be staying at the Holiday Inn in Rock Island.  Click here for full information and to register.

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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 Jeremy Jones 1947 March 6, 2016
Cadet Russell Nelson 1955 July 4, 2016
Cadet Hugh O'Brian (Krampe) 1941 September 5, 2016
Cadet Ken Polich 1969 December 1, 2016
Cadet James Cartmill 1968 January 8, 2017
Cadet Robert VanHicle 1938 January 11, 2017
Cadet Tom Skaggs 1951 January 17, 2017
Cadet Michael L. Young 1973 January 23, 2017
Cadet Richard Wendt 1952 May 4, 2017
Cadet David L. Fagen 1949 May 9, 2017
Cadet James "Mitch" Russo 1960 June 4, 2017

  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