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June 12, 2013

OMA Alumni Reunion honors service, legacy


Nearly 300 attendees and 150 alumni participated last Friday and Saturday during the annual Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association at Rogers State University. OMA, hailed as the “West Point of the Southwest,” operated on College Hill in Claremore from 1919-1971 before it transitioned into RSU.
A full one-third of the attending 150 alumni were from states outside of Oklahoma, said RSU Director of Public Relations David Hamby.
The two-day reunion included social activities and an awards ceremony, inducting two men into the OMA Hall of Fame and three men into the Ranks of Distinguished Alumni. RSU President Dr. Larry Rice was also recognized for his years of service preserving the OMA legacy, said OMA Alumni Association Executive Director Danette Boyle.
The theme of the reunion was “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” 
Claremore High School NJROTC presented the colors and performed Taps for attendees.
“We are proud to honor all those former cadets who served their country whether during war or peace,” said Bill Ramsay, OMA Alumni Association president. “During these times, it is important to remember that freedom is not free. Many have sacrificed to keep our country great and strong, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and whose names are etched on the OMA Killed in Action Memorial at RSU.”
Twenty-six first-time attendees participated in reunion activities, including David Stenhouse, Class of 1967, who provided the keynote address during the morning formation on Saturday. Stenhouse currently serves as Director of the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center.
Hall of Fame inductees included 1953 graduate Lt. Col. George Hudman, retired US Army and 1933 graduate Brigadier General Preston Wood, retired Marine Corp.
Hudman was a 1991 OMA Distinguished Alumnus. By the time he graduated from OMA, he was recognized as a Junior College All-American fullback. Hudman is a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and is the only player in OMA’s history to have been named an All-American. He entered the US Army in 1955, serving more than two decades.

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