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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs

HENRI COLE

1996 PRIX de ROME WINNER in POETRY

Henri Cole is a Military Brat.  His books include: “The Visible Man: Poems” and “Look of Things: Poems.”

HERB HALL

FILM ACTOR

Herb Hall is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  He was a member of the Frankfurt American High School Class of 1968.

He is best known for his work in the movies: “Top Gun” & “Clueless.”

JACQUELINE KEGELES SAINT ANNE

EMMY WINNER FOR COSTUME DESIGN

Jacquline Kegeles Saint Anne is an Overseas School Alumnus.  She is a 1964 graduate of Paris High School.  Her most recent TV series credit was being set designer for “Quantum Leap.”

JAMES CARROLL

AUTHOR & BOSTON GLOBE COLUMNIST

James Carroll is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  His father was an Army Lt. General. Carroll attended General HH Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany and was in the graduating class of 1960.

He’s an acclaimed author of several novels and one biography, ‘An American Requiem – God, My Father and the War that Came Between Us’.

JAMES TATE (1943-    ) 

POET

James Tate’s father, a military pilot shot down over Germany, was the subject of his first book, “The Lost Pilot.”

He was the youngest poet to win Yale’s Young Poet’s Competition. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, he has won the National Book Award. Currently, he teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is a Chancellor of the Academy of Poets.

JAMES WOODS (1947- )

ACTOR

Army Brat James Woods is the son of an intelligence officer. His father died when he was 12 years old.

He received a full scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology but dropped out in his senior year to pursue his acting career.


JEANNE LARSEN

AUTHOR

Novelist Jeanne Larsen is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She is a 1967 graduate of Frankfurt American High School.

Ms. Larsen’s books include  “The Silk Road”  and “The Bronze Mirror.”

JERI RYAN

TELEVISON & FILM ACTRESS

Jeri Ryan is an Army Brat and Overseas School Alumnus.  Her father was an Army Master Sgt. She was born in Munich, Germany.  She grew up on Army bases in Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia and Texas.  When she was 11, her father retired and moved to Paduch, Kentucky.

Ms. Ryan is best known for her role as 7 of 9 on the television series “Star Trek: Voyager.” Previously she was a series regular on NBC’s “Dark Skies.” She has appeared on other television series including: “Matlock”,  “Who’s the Boss”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Reasonable Doubts” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

Jeri Ryan’s film credits include the independent films “The Last Man” and “Men Cry Bullets.”

JIM MARSHALL (1948-   )

U.S. CONGRESSMAN

Congressman Jim Marshall (D) represents the 8th District of Georgia. He was first elected in 2002. An Army Brat, Marshall is the son and grandson of Army Generals. He is a member of the Army Ranger Hall of Fame. His formative years were spent moving from one post to another.

JIM MORRISON (1942-1971)

SINGER, SONGWRITER, POET

Jim Morrison’s father was one of the youngest admirals in the U.S. Navy. In 1961, he graduated from George Washington HS in Alexandria , VA where he was an honor roll student. It is not known if he attended school overseas.

Morrison was the founder and lead singer of the popular group, The Doors.

JIM NELSON (1975-   )

NFL LINEBACKER

Jim Nelson, Minnesota Vikings linebacker, is Air Force Brat. He attended 3 high schools in 4 years, including Lakenheath ( England ) High School. His father, Col. James Nelson, was a commander of the Office of Special Investigations which took the family to bases in England , Florida , Maryland and others.

JIM WEBB (1947- )

SENATOR (D-Virginia)

Senator James “Jim” Webb is an Air Force and Overseas Brat.

Webb’s father was a career Air Force officer who flew B-17s and B-29s during World War II and was later involved in the USAF missile program. His father is buried at Arlington National Cemetery .

While growing up Senator Webb attended more than a dozen schools across the United States and in England .

Webb graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1968 and served in Vietnam as a 1st lieutenant commanding an infantry platoon. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

He left the Marine Corps in 1972. Graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1975. He was the Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Regan from 1987-88.

Senator Webb was elected to his first term in the US Senate in 2006.

Senator Webb’s official website is: http://webb.senate.gov/

JOE PITTS (1939- )

REPRESENTATIVE (R-PA)

Representative Pitts is an Overseas Brat. Pitts was born in Kentucky in a family of strong Christian faith.. His father was an Army chaplain during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. After the war, the elder Pitts returned to the Philippines with his wife and children to serve as a missionary in a war-ravaged country. It was there, where he saw the after-affects of war, that Joe Pitts developed a heart for human rights and commitment to a strong defense. General Douglas MacArthur, a warrior who humbled an empire and taught it to be a democracy, was a childhood hero.

Representative Pitts also served for five and a half years in the USAF/SAC.

Representative Pitts’ official website is: http://www.house.gov/pitts/

 

JOE REEDER

UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

Secretary Reeder was a military and an Overseas School Alumnus.

He attended Frankfurt American High School 1963-64.  He was in the FAHS Class of 1966.
Info from an 18 May 1995 letter from Secretary Reeder.

JOHN CORNYN, III (1952- )

SENATOR (R-Texas)

John Cornyn is an Air Force and Overseas Brat. He is a 1969 Graduate of Tokyo American High School. His father, a B-17 pilot in World War II, later became a dentist and served for thirty-one years in the U.S. Air Force and, later, taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Senator Cornyn was elected to the US Senate in 2002, taking over the Senate seat previously occupied by Army Brat Phil Graham (R-Texas).

Senator Cornyn’s official website is: http://cornyn.senate.gov/

JOHN DENVER (1943-1997)

SINGER-SONG WRITER, ACTOR, HUMANITARIAN, ENVIRONMENTALIST
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 50’s, 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.

JOHN N. ABRAMS

Gen. John N. Abrams is the son of Gen. Creighton Abrams, after whom the Abrams tank was named.  John attended school in Frankfurt, Germany, while his father was stationed in Frankfurt from 1959 until 1962.

JOHN S. MCCAIN, III (1936-  )

U.S. SENATOR

John McCain was born in Panama . Both his father and grandfather were Navy admirals. His father was commander of U.S. Naval Forces in the Pacific when the senator was shot down in Vietnam and became a POW (1967-1973).

In his biography, McCain, a self-described military brat, said that “the longest place he ever lived was at the prison camp in Hanoi .”

The decorated war hero retired from the Navy in 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982.  In 1986, he was elected to the Senate after Arizona ’s Barry Goldwater retired. In 2000, 2004, & 2008, McCain ran in the Republican primaries for President.

JULIA CAMPBELL

FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS

Julia Campbell is an Army Brat and an Overseas Brat. She is the daughter of a US Army Officer as per PARADE MAGAZINE 3-5-95. She lived in Turkey during her junior high years.

Movies: “Opportunity Knocks” and “Livin’ Large”; Formerly on Soaps: “Ryan’s Hope”, “Santa Barbara” and other TV movies.

JULIANNE MOORE (1961-  )

ACTRESS

Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith) is the daughter of a career Army Lawyer/Judge and social worker wife. Born in Fort Bragg , NC , Moore moved around to dozens of military communities. She attended and graduated from Frankfurt High School with the class of 1979.

Moore ’s first significant role came as Annabelle Sciorra’s best friend in the thriller, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” Much more impressive was her revealing role as a spirited artist in Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts.”

She has been nominated for four Oscars: Supporting Actress in “Boogie Nights,” Best Actress in “End of the Affair,” Best Actress in “Far From Heaven” and Best Supporting Actress in “The Hours.”

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD

TV PERSONALITY/SINGER

Kathie Lee is a Navy Junior. She is the daughter of a US Naval Officer.  She was born: Kathie Lee Epstein, in Paris, France.

She is best known as the co-host of  “Live with Regis and Kathie.

Source: U.S.A. Today/U.S. Weekender/Feb. 3, 1996

 

KATHLEEN TURNER (1954-    ) 

ACTRESS

Kathleen Turner’s father was an American diplomat.  She was a member of the Class of 1972 at the American School of London. Known primarily for her roles in movies, she has also appeared on television.

Turner has won two Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for an Oscar.

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