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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military Brats ~ D-F

Proud David G. Farragut High School (Rota, Spain) seniors in front of the senior lockers. Mighty music from a member of the Stephen Decatur High School (Sigonella, Italy) band.
 

Click on the first letter of the last name to visit the list of famous alumni.
A-C     D-F     G-I     J-L     M-O     P-R     S-U     V-Z

 
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The List of Famous Brats
 Click  on the link next to each name for a brief biography


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Robert Davenport
Diane Mott Davidson
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
John Denver 
Faye Dunaway
Ann Dunwoody
Robert Duval

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Mai Shanley FitzGerald 
Michael J. Fox

Other Famous Brats 
A-C
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SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF FAMOUS BRATS
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ROBERT DAVENPORT 
AUTHOR

Robert Davenport author of "The Celebrity Almanac;" "Roots of the Rich and Famous;" "The Rich and Famous Baby Name Book;" Pet Names of the Rich and Famous;" "The Encyclopedia of War Movies;" "The Celebrity Birthday Book;" "Hereditary Society Blue Book;" and "The Davenport Genealogy" is a military and overseas brat.

Davenport attended London Central High School and is a LCHS Class of 1968 graduate. His father, CDR Harry Augustus Davenport III, was deputy commander, US Coast Guard Europe.

Information from Robert Davenport and his website: http://members.tripod.com/~Davenport_Books/booklist.htm


DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON
AUTHOR

Diane Mott Davidson is a Navy Junior.  Her father is Admiral William Mott, retd. 

Ms. Davidson is the author of series of very entertaining mystery books.  There is a General Bo character in the book and statements made about the military that could only come from a military brat. 

 


BENJAMIN O. DAVIS, JR.(1912- )

Born in Washington, Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was an army brat whose father set him a challenging example. The elder Davis became a brigadier general in 1940, the U.S. Army's first black general.

The younger Davis paralleled his father's illustrious career. He graduated from West Point in 1936 and began his military career at Fort Benning in Georgia. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps and took command of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the famous "Tuskegee airmen," as a lieutenant colonel.

Davis, known for his dignified manner and eloquent speech, became the first black brigadier general in the history of the U.S. Air Force in 1954. In 1965, he rose to the rank of lieutenant general.


JOHN DENVER SINGER-SONG WRITER, ACTOR, HUMANITARIAN, ENVIRONMENTALIST (1943-1997) Real name: Henry John Deutschendorf

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943 in Roswell, N.M., John Denver was an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. His father was a US Air Force pilot. 

John Denver attended Johnson High School in Japan in the late 50ís, but graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth Texas in 1961 while his father was stationed at Carswell AFB. 

Many consider his 1969 composition "Leaving On A Jet Plane," a number one hit as performed by the group Peter, Paul and Mary, to be the anthem for generations of military brats. Less than two years later, Denver was himself zooming up the Pop charts with "Take Me  Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders" and "Annie's Song." 

Denver's popularity could be seen in record sales that few other artists have achieved, including 14 gold albums and 8 platinum albums in the U.S. alone. This did not include his many gold and platinum sales overseas. In the terms of record sales, John Denver was one of the top five recording artists in the sales history of the music industry. 

In 1992 Denver became the first Western musician to tour China. In recent years, Denver recorded less frequently and devoted most of his time to environmental causes. He found the non-profit environmental research and education center known as the Windstar Foundation in 1976. Additionally he contributed much time and effort to groups such as The World Wildlife Federation and Friends of the Earth. 

During the1980s Denver took a leading role in the fight against world hunger after visiting Africa during the height of the famine in order to raise awareness of the issue. 

In recent years, John Denver became an enthusiastic amateur pilot and proponent of space exploration. 

Denver was killed at age 53, when on October 13, 1997, the light plane he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay in California. 


FAYE DUNAWAY  
FILM ACTRESS (1940-  )

Faye Dunaway is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Army Brat her father was an Army NCO--this is confirmed by various biographies. 

She reportedly attended Mannheim Junior High School in Germany for the 7th & 8th grades in 1953-55. 

She attended and graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee Florida in 1958 and appears in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 yearbooks from that school. 

 


LT. GEN ANN DUNWOODY  
USA

General Dunwoody graduated from SHAPE American High School in 1969.

General Ann Dunwoody is currently the highest ranking woman in the United States military.  Her career has been primarily in the field of logistics.  She recently completed a tour as Commanding General of the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Ft. Lee, VA.  With her recent promotion to Lt. General, she is now Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army, at the Pentagon.  (Updated Nov 2005) 



ROBERT DUVALL  
FILM & TELEVISION ACTOR

Robert Duvall is a Navy Brat.  A fact he confirmed in a 1998 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. 

He stated that he father was "a Navy Chief Petty Officer, a blue water sailor who was often at sea for long periods of time."  He also stated that he grew up in Maryland and Virginia. 


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MAI SHANLEY FITZGERALD   
MISS USA 1984

Mai Shanley Fitzgerald is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She graduated as a member of the Class of 1981 of Woodbridge American HS in England and also attended Grade School at J.M. Wainwright School, Taiwan. 


MICHAEL J. FOX  
FILM & TELEVISION ACTOR (1961- )

Michael J. Fox is a Canadian Army Brat.  His father retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971. 

Born Michael Andrew Fox to parents William and Phyllis in Edmonton,  Alberta, Fox adopted the "J" as an homage to legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard. 

Fox, an "army brat," moved several times during his childhood, along with his parents, brother, and three sisters. The Foxes finally planted roots in Burnaby, B.C. (a suburb of Vancouver), when  William Fox retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971. 

Information from the Michael J. Fox Foundation Web site: www.michaeljfox.org/ 


   
 

 

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