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Reveille, I

The first K9 mascot of Texas A&M. She came in the form of a small black and white stray mutt that student cadets adopted after returning from a party at nearby Navasota, Texas. She was dubbed with the name "Reveille" due to her reinforcing the bugler each morning during wakeup call with loud barking. Reveille became the official mascot with the opening of football season and her attachment to the band. She began to lead the unit unto the field during their half-time performance. The little dog became a good luck symbol and became a common sight pacing the sidelines during games sporting a jacket with A&M colors. She was given the highest rank as an official member of the Corps of Cadets: A Five-Star General. Upon the death of the dog, she was received a formal military funeral on the fifty yard line of Kyle Field then buried at the north entrance to the field paws facing the scoreboard so she could always watch the Aggies outscore their opponent. Before naming Reveille II, there were several other unofficial mascots, such as Tripod, Spot, and Ranger. Finally they hit on a number two which was a registered Collie setting the standard and every subsequent reining mascot has been a Collie. The little mutt dog soon had company as Reveille II was buried beside her and then Reveille III through Reveille VI and the tradition continues with the Aggies sporting a new mascot, Reveille VII. When the University decided to remodel, they caused a stir with the announcement the little cemetery would have to be removed. Finally, a compromise was reached and it was relocated to a temporary site in nearby Cain Park and upon completion of construction, it was moved again to a new permanent cadet designed resting place at the new Kyle Field Plaza where it can be visited at any time. It was initially going to be placed inside the stadium but the plan was nixed because the stadium is locked when not in use.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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REVEILLE I

REBEL – E fish

CLASS OF ‘69


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  • Added: 31 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11329
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Reveille, I (unknown–18 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11329, citing Texas A&M University - Kyle Field, College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .