Voices from A&M’s Past

Former students speak on Corps Life

Compiled By: Megan Rodriguez @MeganLRodriguez

The Corps of Cadets has seen a lot throughout its 143-year history, and Aggies in the Sul Ross Group are living testaments to how traditions have been upheld and how changes have been made in the organization.

The 13,000-member Sul Ross Group, an organization for Aggies who have been graduated for 55 years or more, hosts an annual reunion in College Station. These five former students recount their favorite times as cadets, from Corps trips to Yell Practice. Listen to their stories first hand and to hear how Texas A&M has changed — and remained the same — over the years.

Editor’s note: Additional audio clips will be added to this post before the end of the Spring 2019 semester.


Melvin Maltz, Class of 1947

Melvin Maltz, Class of 1947

Melvin Maltz, 1947

Melvin Maltz came to Texas A&M in 1943 when he was 16 years old. He enlisted when he was 17 in August 1944 and them returned to complete his degree in January 1947. Maltz served as an athletic officer his last semester after returning from the service.

Maltz has served as the president of the Sul Ross Group and the Association of Former Students.

Listen to hear about Maltz’s favorite memories as a cadet.


J.L. Frank, Class of 1958.

J.L. Frank, Class of 1958.

J.L. “Corky” Frank, 1958

J.L. Frank was a member of Squadron 11 and spent his freshman and sophomore years in the Corps of Cadets. His freshman year, Frank was the most outstanding freshman in Squadron 11.

Frank is a former president of the Sul Ross Group. Listen to learn more about his time in Aggieland.


Harvey Haas, 1959

Harvey Haas, 1959

Harvey Haas, 1959

Harvey Haas is a former president of the Sul Ross Group and was a member of Squadron 13 during his time in the Corps.

Haas has remained connected to the university by becoming an endowed scholar through the Association for Former Students, funding scholarships and being an active member of the Sul Ross Group.

Learn more about Haas experience in the Corps of Cadets by listening here.


Tom Wisdom, 1960

Tom Wisdom, 1960

Tom Wisdom, 1960

Tom Wisdom is the current president of the Sul Ross Group was a Ross Volunteer during his time in Aggieland. Wisdom graduated as a distinguished military student and commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Listen to Wisdom’s description of his time in the Corps of Cadets here.


Harry Brand, 1962

Harry Brand is the Class of 62 director for the Sul Ross Group and was a member of E2 Company during his time as a student in the Corps of Cadets.

Listen to find out what Brand believes are the most important lessons he learned during his time as a cadet at A&M.

Harry Brand, Class of 1962

Harry Brand, Class of 1962