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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs

TAMERA MOWRY & TIA MOWRY (1970-   )

TELEVISION ACTRESSES

Identical twins, Tamara and Tia Mowry were born in Gelnhausen , Germany . Their full names are Tamara Davette and Tia Dashon. Both of their parents were in the Army.

They started doing talent shows at a very early age. Tia was a dancer and Tamara a singer. In 1988 Tia won the Little Miss Texas title. They starred in Sister, Sister from 1994 to 1998.

TERRY SERPICO (1964-)

Terry Serpico (born June 27, 1964) is a veteran actor, stuntman, voice-over artist and father. He is best known for LTC Frank Sherwood in the TV drama series “Army Wives”.  He is an Army brat and was stationed at 5 posts in the US and Germany prior to his father’s retirement as a full Colonel in 1980.  He has performed on a USO Tour to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan twice.  He is currently on the TV drama series ‘Yellowstone’ with Kevin Costner.

TIM RUSS

TELEVISION & FILM ACTOR

Tim Russ is an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Izmir American High School in Turkey.

Russ was born in Washington DC to a military family and was raised on Air Force Bases around the world. He and his younger brother and sister lived in the Orient and the Middle East before his father retired to live in Sacramento, California.

Although best known for his role as the Vulcan, Tuvok, on the television series “Star Trek: Voyager,” he has also appeared as Sam Jones’ computer-whiz compadre in NBC’s “The Highway Man,”  the Answering Machine Guy in the NBC’s sitcom “The People Next Door;” recurring part  in  “Arresting Behavior,” the NBC pilot “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth;” and as guest star on such shows as “Sea Quest”

TOM COLE (1949- )

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE (R-OK)

Representative Tom Cole is an Air Force Brat. Cole’s late father, John Cole, served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked an additional two decades as a civilian federal employee at Tinker Air Force Base.

Cole is currently the only registered Native American from the Chickasaw Nation serving in Congress.

Representative Cole’s official website is: http://www.house.gov/cole

VALERIE SKUSE MALMONT (1937-   )

AUTHOR 

Valerie Skuse Malmont graduated from Kubasaki High School ( Okinawa ) in 1955. Her mystery series features Tori Miracle, a Foreign Service brat. She plans to write about growing up on Okinawa in her next book.

VANESSA MINNILLO (1980-   )

MISS TEEN USA

Vanessa Minnillo was born at Clark AFB, Philippines . As a child she lived in Germany , Japan and Turkey .

In 1968, Minnillo was crowned Miss Teen USA and chosen Miss Congeniality. Currently, she is pursuing an acting career. She has appeared in the ‘Bold and the Beautiful‘ and several entertainment TV shows.

VICTORIA PRINCIPAL

FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS

Victoria Principal was an Air Force Brat and an Overseas Schools Alumnus. Her father was an AF NCO. She has stared in the TV series “Dallas” and, various movies .

Victoria Principal has emerged as a major force in the entertainment field, not only as one of the world’s most popular actresses, but as a producer and author as well.

She is the recipient of two Golden Globe nominations for “Best Actress in a Dramatic Series” and “Most Promising Newcomer,” and two of her books have been best-sellers.

Victoria Principal attended Ramey Junior HS, Puerto Rico, Junior HS at Chicksands JRHS at Chicksands AFB, England and Kubasaki HS on Okinawa. South Dade High School in Miami, Florida claims she graduated there in 1963.

Dates are hard to pin down. Independent bios give her birthdate as 1945, while her own bio gives it as 1950.

A bio found at:  www.lifetimetv.com/onair/intimate/frameset.shtml/port9839.html 
reports: On January 3, 1950, Victoria Principal was born in Japan, to Ree Veal and Air Force Master Sergeant Victor Principal. Victoria and her younger sister spent their childhood moving from one military base to another, one state to the next, and attending 17 different schools.

Other biographical information found at: www.lifetimetv.com/onair/orig_movies/move2118/frameset.shtml/vickybio.html states: Victoria was born on January 3rd in Fukuoka, Japan, an Air Force family that moved frequently throughout her childhood years. Her travels took her to London, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and Florida.

WILLIAM “WILLY” McCOOL (1961-2003)

ASTRONAUT

Willy McCool’s father was a Navy and Marine aviator. He followed his father’s path after graduating 2nd in his class from the Naval Academy in 1983 and became not only an aviator but an Astronaut.

McCool was a member of the Columbia crew when it broke up on re-entry in 2003. He joined NASA in 1993 after a distinguished career aboard the USS Coral Sea and as a Navy test pilot. Commander McCool’s official NASA Bio can be found at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mccool.html.

WILLIAM JAY SMITH (1918-   ) 

AUTHOR – POET

William Jay Smith has authored more than 50 books. His memoir, “Army Brat”, has been highly acclaimed.

Smith, described as “a most gifted and original poet” by former U.S. Poet Laureate and 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Wilbur, is the author of ten books of poetry. In 1990, Smith’s first complete collection of his work, Collected Poems, 1938-1989, was cited as “magical” by New York Times’ reviewer Herbert Mitgang.

Smith has also written a dozen celebrated children’s books, including the illustrated Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense (1990) and Birds and Beasts (1990). His credits include numerous translations of French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish and Hungarian poetry, and several volumes of criticism.

He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called U.S. Poet Laureate) from 1968 to 1970.

Professor emeritus of Hollins College in Virginia, Smith has been poet in residence at Williams College, chairman of the writing division of the Columbia University School of Arts, and on the executive board of the Columbia University Translation Center. The recipient of numerous awards, he has been a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters since 1975.

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