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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs

ADRIAN MURRELL (1970-   )  

Adrian Murrell’s father, Angelo, was an Army Command Sergeant Major. The former Overseas Brat played collegiate football for West Virginia . In 1993, he was drafted by the New York Jets where he played until 1998. He later played for the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys. He retired in 2003.

ALLAN KEYES

INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 1996 & 2000

Allan Keyes is a military brat. His father was a US  Army Sergeant. Born in New York, New York on August 7, 1950, he is a 1968 graduate of Robert G. Cole High School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He was President of his Senior Class.

He is recognized as a leader in the Conservative movement. He has served our country in a variety of ways: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Social and Economic Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations.

ALLISON WAGNER (1977-    )

OLYMPIC MEDALIST

Allison Wager, an Army Brat and Overseas Alumnus, won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the 400m IM. Her win occurred on July 20, l996, her 19th birthday. She was a National Champion 2000 and 2004. In 1993, she broke the world record in the Backstroke at the age of 16. It was one of the longest held records in Women’s swimming.

In an interview on NBC TV, she attributed her swimming success her US army brat lifestyle. With every move, she could always count on swimming to be the same. She lived twice overseas.


ALONZO BABERS

1984 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN TRACK  400 METER & 1600 METER RELAY

Alonzo Babers is a 1979 graduate of Kaisersalutern AHS, Kaisersalutern. He attended the Air Force Academy where he also played football.

Babers won gold medals in the 400M & 1600M Relays at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

ANN AND NANCY WILSON

MUSICIANS

In an interview on the TV Program “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee”, Ann and Nancy Wilson stated that they were Marine Corps Brats. In a previous interview they stated that they had lived in Panama during their father’s tour of duty there.

In 1976, the Rock stars debuted their first Heart Album. Later they formed an additional group, the Lovemongers. Nancy composed the award-winning score for “Jerry McGuire.”

ANN CURRY (1956-)

Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American journalist and photojournalist who has been a reporter for more than 30 years, focused on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters. Curry was born in Agaña, Guam, the daughter of Hiroe Nagase and Robert Paul “Bob” Curry.  Her parents met when her father, a career navy sailor, worked as a streetcar conductor during the United States occupation of Japan following the Second World War.  Although he was transferred out of Japan, he returned two years later to marry Nagase.  Curry lived in Japan for several years as a child, attended the Ernest J. King School on the United States Fleet Activities Sasebo naval base in Sasebo, Nagasaki.

ANNE McCAFFREY (1926-   )

AUTHOR 

Anne McCaffrey’s father was an Army Colonel.

Before concentrating on writing, she acted and directed. She is best known for her award-winning science fiction series “The Dragon Riders of Pern.”

BARBARA BABCOCK

FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS

Barbara Babcock is reportedly a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She attended Yoyogi Elementary School at Washington Heights in Japan from 1947 to 1949 as a 5th and 6th grader.

She is most noted for her acting in the television series “Hill Street Blues” and many films.

BARBARA LEE (1946- )

REPRESENTATIVE (D-CA)

Representative Lee is an Army Brat.

Congresswoman Lee was born in El Paso, Texas. She moved from Texas to California in 1960 with her military family parents, and attended high school at San Fernando High School, San Fernando, California. Lee’s father was a lieutenent colonel in the US Army.

Representative Lee’s official website is: http://lee.house.gov/

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.

BLAIR UNDERWOOD (1964-    )   

ACTOR

Blair Underwood, the son of an Army officer, was nominated for a Golden Globe in his role on LA Law. TV Guide named him one of “The Top Stars of the ’90’s.” He has appeared on Sex and the City, numerous movies and theater productions.

BOB BARR

CONGRESSMAN, MEMBER OF THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM GEORGIA

Congressman Robert “Bob” Barr is an Army Brat and an overseas brat, having graduated from the Community High School in Tehran, Iran in 1966.

 

BRUCE WILLIS (1955- )

ACTOR

Bruce Willis was born on the Army base in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, where his father was stationed.  The Willis family moved from there to the small town of Penns Grove, NJ when he was two. After graduating from high school there, he was a waiter and bartender until he was given roles in New York plays.

CAMERON NEELY (1965-   )

PRO HOCKEY PLAYER 

Cameron “ Cam ” Neely is a Canadian Air Force Brat.

He played for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. He was one of four NHL players to record 50 goals in less than 50 games. In 2005 he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has appeared in movies and is the Bruins Studio Analyst for NESN.

CAPTAIN VIVIAN S. CREA

US COAST GUARD

Captain Crea is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She graduated from Seoul American High School in Seoul, Korea in 1968.

Captain Crea is currently a 2 star Rear Admiral,  First Coast Guard District and Commander, Maritime Defense Command One.

Captain Crea holds a number of “Firsts” for women in the United States Coast Guard. She is a USCG Commanding Officer, Leader, and Pilot. She is the first Admiral in the US Coast Guard.  Commissioned in 1973, Captain Crea was the first female aircraft commander in the Coast Guard, and the first female Commanding Officer of a Coast Guard Air Station. Captain Crea also served as Coast Guard Aide to the President under President Reagan, and Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Other Bio information can be found on this page: http://www.uscg.mil/d1/newengland/vcrea.htm

CARDINAL BERNARD LAW

ARCHBISHOP BOSTON

Cardinal Law was Army Air Corps and later Air Force Brat. Graduated from Charlotte Amalie HS, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands.

Info from: Father Richard W. Gant and Father O’Grady, Editor “The Boston Pilot” the Boston Archdiocise Newspaper


CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT

JOURNALIST

Charlayne Hunter-Gault –Journalist. Noted journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gualt grew up as a military brat as reported in her 1992 autobiography “My Place”   and the Washington Press Club Foundation Women in Journalism oral history project: http://npc.press.org/wpforal/hunt4.htm

Hunter-Gualt’s awards include two Emmys and two Peabody awards.  She spent 20 years as the national correspondent for the McNeil-Leherer on PBS.  Additionally, she worked as a reporter for The New Yorker and The New York Times, Hunter-Gault has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Essence and Vogue.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Hunter-Gault joined CNN in April 1999 from National Public Radio, where she worked as the network’s chief correspondent in Africa.

Hunter-Gualt  made civil rights history as the first African American  woman  to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962.

 

CHRIS VAN HOLLAND (1959- )

REPRESENTATIVE (D-MD)

Representative Van Holland is an Overseas Diplobrat. “The son of a U.S. State Department Foreign Service officer, Van Hollen was born a United States Citizen in Karachi , Pakistan . Van Hollen has also lived in Turkey, Sri Lanka, and India.

Representative Van Holland’s official website: http://vanhollen.house.gov/

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

SINGER

Christina Aguilera is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She is the latest Mouseketeer to hit it big, following in the footsteps of fellow former Mickey Mouse Club stars Britney Spears and two members of boy band N’Sync. Only 18, Aguilera is already topping the charts with  her single, “Genie In A Bottle.”

Aguilera was raised outside Pittsburgh, the daughter of a military  father and a violinist/pianist mother. She began her career early, appearing on “Star Search” at age eight singing the national anthem for  the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins at age 10.

From a recent interview with MTV News:  MTV: “Why don’t you begin by telling a little about yourself.”

Christina Aguilera: “I was born in Staten Island, New York. But I call my hometown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because that’s basically where I ended up from age eight on. But right after Staten Island… I’ve lived everywhere from Texas, to Japan for three years, to New Jersey. I’m this traveling girl. My father was in the Army, so I guess I’m an Army brat.”

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