Oklahoma Military Academy, Claremore


Inducted 2005

Oklahoma Military Academy, Claremore

It was in 1919, only months after the closing of World War I, that the Oklahoma Military Academy was founded in Claremore, Okla., and very quickly became Oklahoma's primary training ground for the United States Armed Forces. More than 10,000 cadets entered the halls of OMA as wide-eyed "rabbits" and, through hard work and determination, grew to become upstanding citizens in their communities.

More than 2,500 of its graduates served in the United States Armed Forces in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and ten of these became general officers. Of those 2,500, 96 gave their lives for their country. In 1971 the Oklahoma Military Academy closed and became Claremore Junior College to serve the broader educational needs of a growing population in the Rogers County area.

This important institution, which operated in Oklahoma for 52 years, played a major role in building great citizens and helping to develop the military force.