Recap of a 1960’s CMA Reunion
The CMA Class of 1964 and other classmates from 1962 to 1966 gathered in Camden the weekend of April 11-12, 2014 for their 50th reunion (more or less). Some alumni had not been back at the school since graduating. John Mitchell, Battalion Commander in 1964, and Breeden Blackwell worked together to plan the reunion.
On Friday and Saturday nights, they met at the Old Armory Steakhouse in Camden, which is the location of the former “Paddock” Restaurant on Rutledge Street. It was remodeled a few years ago and added a small banquet room that holds up to 40 people. On Friday evening the group met and a surprise gift was given to former cadet LTC Mitchell. He was presented with a General Order signed by Colonel Lanning Risher promoting Mitchell to full Colonel. Captain Breeden Blackwell pinned the chevrons on Mitchell's collar. LT Jose Ortega assisted in the ceremony. Danny Singletary came up with the idea as he initiated the document and stopped by the Risher’s home near the campus for his former headmaster’s signature. Although Colonel Risher was unable to attend the presentation, he was represented by his wife, Deane Risher.
On Saturday a special parade was given in their honor after they toured the campus and ate lunch in the dining hall. The 2014 Camden Military Academy Corps of Cadets’ parade brought back a lot of memories for the alumni. They saw themselves in the young gentlemen as they marched in front of them. Some also commenting, “that’s me…I was not much bigger than my rifle.” As the parade came to its end and the officers marched by the reviewing stand, the alumni stood up and applauded for a job well done.
Camden Military Academy sends special thanks to all who attended for taking the time out of their schedules to visit the campus and “go back in time to remember those good old days.”