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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military Brats ~ A-C

Seoul American High School (Seoul, Korea) students sport long hair in the early 1970s. Michelle Johnson, Grissom Elementary School (Clark AFB, Philippines) 4th grader, films a play presented by her reading class. A Wainwright High School  (Tainan, Taiwan) student poses atop a lion dog.
 

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


A John N. Abrams  
Hunter "Patch" Adams
Christina Aguilara  
Jessica Alba
Leslie M. Alexander
Michael J. Alexander
Ray Allen  
America
Michael Anderson
Brad Arnold
Rick Atkinson
B Barbara Babcock
Alonzo Babers 
Kendall Baker
Brian P. Bilbray

Bob Barr
Sarah Bird 
John Blaha 
Susan Blakely 
Neal Boortz
Deborah Bryant
LeVar Burton
C  

Marcus Calvin 
Julia Campbell 
James Carroll 
Kellye Cash
John Casper 
Eddie Cheever 
James Clapper 
Glenn Close 
Henri Cole

Tom Cole

Donald G. Cook 
Deedee Corrandini
Vivian Crea


Other Famous Brats  
A-C     D-F     G-I     J-L     M-O     P-R     S-U     V-Z

 

SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF FAMOUS BRATS  

 A


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.


DR. HUNTER  "PATCH" ADAMS  

Dr. Patch Adams, subject of a recent movie staring Robin Williams is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  According to his biography he was educated in DoDDS schools in Japan and Germany. He was in Germany at Kaiserslauten  High School, KHS Class of ’62, when his father died of a heart attack. 


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." 


JESSICA ALBA
TELEVISION STAR

Jessica Alba the star of the television series "Dark Angel" is a military brat. Born in Pomona, California in 1981, Alba grew up on Air Force Bases in Texas, Mississippi, and California. As reported in "People" magazine. 

Profile available at: http://people.aol.com/people/profiles/basicfacts/0,9855,108578,00.html.  To read more about her go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Alba.


LESLIE M. ALEXANDER  
US AMBASSADOR TO ECUADOR 
 

Leslie M. Alexander is an Overseas School Alumnus.  He is presently the US ambassador to Ecuador and previously was the US ambassador to Mauritius. 

Ambassador Alexander is a 1966 graduate of Orleans American HS in France. 


MICHAEL J. ALEXANDER  
AUTHOR
 

Michael Alexander is the author of "The Underground Guide to Computer Security," published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1996. He is also the author of book "The Digital Doberman," published by Ventana Press in 1998. 

Michael Alexander is a 1968 graduate Mannheim American High School in Germany. 


RAY ALLEN  
NBA PROFEESIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER (1975- )

Ray Allen is an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  His father was a career Air Force NCO. 

Allen was born in California and has lived in Germany, Oklahoma, England, Georgia and South Carolina.  He attended high school in Dalzell, South Carolina. 

Ray Allen was the first player in UConn men's basketball history to be named All-American status as only a sophomore Player of the year. Ray Allen helped lead the US to the gold medal at the World University Games in 1995. 

Allen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1996. Recently, he signed a six-year contract extension with Milwaukee. 

To read more about him go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Allen


AMERICA THE ROCK BAND 

Composed of: Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley & Dan Peek all graduated from London Central High School in 1969. All had US Military Fathers. Bunnell & Beckley are still "America" Dan Peek has a solo. 

To read more about them go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_(band).


Lt. Col. MICHAEL ANDERSON (1959-2003)

Lt. Col. Michael Anderson -USAF/NASA Astronaut.  Michael Anderson was an Air Force brat. He was lost along with the six other NASA astronauts when the space shuttle Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth on Saturday, February 1, 2003. In a previously published interview Lt. Col. Anderson related, "My dad was in the Air Force. And you know, being an Air Force brat and living on Air Force bases, I was always around airplanes. And, that was something else that really captured my imagination, just seeing airplanes, you know taking off and landing every day, and flying over the house, and making all of this noise just was a fascinating thing to me as a kid. So, my interest in aviation and my interest in science were, I guess, two of the things I really latched on to, and two things that I just couldn't shake as I grew older."

Col. Anderson's official NASA Bio can be found at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/anderson.html

In his interview for the STS-107 mission is at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/crew/intanderson.html

Biographical Data: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

NAME: Michael P. Anderson (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF) NASA Astronaut 
PERSONAL DATA: Born December 25, 1959, in Plattsburgh, New York. Considers Spokane, Washington, to be his hometown. Married. He enjoys photography, chess, computers, and tennis. 
EDUCATION: Graduated from Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington, in 1977. Bachelor of science degree in physics/astronomy from University of Washington, 1981. Master of science degree in physics from Creighton University, 1990. 
SPECIAL HONORS: Distinguished graduate USAF Communication Electronics Officers course. Recipient of the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Associations Academic Excellence Award 1983. Received the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training Academic Achievement Award for Class 87-08 Vance AFB. Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster. 
EXPERIENCE: Anderson graduated form the University of Washington in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After completing a year of technical training at Keesler AFB Mississippi he was assigned to Randolph AFB Texas. At Randolph he served as Chief of Communication Maintenance for the 2015 Communication Squadron and later as Director of Information System Maintenance for the 1920 Information System Group. In 1986 he was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Offutt AFB Nebraska as an EC 135 pilot, flying the Strategic Air Commands airborne command post code-named "Looking Glass". From January 1991 to September 1992 he served as an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the 920th Air Refueling Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB Michigan. From September 1992 to February 1995 he was assigned as an instructor pilot and tactics officer in the 380 Air Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB New York. Anderson has logged over 3000 hours in various models of the KC-135 and the T-38A aircraft. 
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in December 1994, Anderson reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. He completed a year of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight crew assignment as a mission specialist. Anderson was initially assigned technical duties in the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office. Most recently, he flew on the crew of STS-89. In completing his first space flight Anderson has logged over 211 hours in space. Anderson is assigned to the crew of STS-107 scheduled to launch in 2003. 
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-89 (January 22-31, 1998), was the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission during which the crew transferred more than 9,000 pounds of scientific equipment, logistical hardware and water from Space Shuttle Endeavour to Mir. In the fifth and last exchange of a U.S. astronaut, STS-89 delivered Andy Thomas to Mir and returned with David Wolf. Mission duration was 8 days, 19 hours and 47 seconds, traveling 3.6 million miles in 138 orbits of the Earth. 

AUGUST 2002

 


BRAD ARNOLD 
MUSICIAN  

Brad Arnold is lead vocalist for the rock band 3 Doors Down.  To read more about him go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Arnold


RICK ATKINSON  
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, AUTHOR, REPORTER 

Rick Atkinson is an Army Brat.  His father served 28 years in the US Army officer corps. 

Rick Atkinson won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1982 for his series of articles on the West Point Class of 1966.    His books include:   "The Long Gray Line, The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966" and   "Crusade : The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War." Atkinson is currently a staff writer for the Washington Post. 


B

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. 


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. 


KENDALL BAKER  
PRESIDENT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY 
 

Kendall Baker is an Overseas School Alumnus.  He attended Munich  American High School. 

Baker is currently the President of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. 


BRIAN P. BILBRAY
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE (R-CA)

(1951-  )

Representative Brian P. Bilbray is a Navy Brat. He was born at Coronado Naval Air Station where his father served in the Navy.

A former mayor of San Diego , Senator Bilbray was elected to his first term in the US Congress in 2006.

Representative Bilbray’s official website is: http://www.house.gov/bilbray/

 


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.


COL. JOHN BLAHA  
SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT 

Col. Blaha is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. He was a member of class of 1960 at Gen. H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. 

He has been a Space Shuttle Mission Commander and Shuttle Command Pilot. Additionally, he has spent time on the Russian Space Station Mir. 


SUSAN BLAKELY  
FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS 

Susan Blakely is a Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She was born September 7, 1948 in Frankfurt, Germany. She attended Seoul American High School in Korea where she was a member of the Class of 1966. She was a SAHS cheerleader her sophomore year 1963-64. 

Her credits include: roles in the "Savages" and "The Lords of Flatbush."  Her most memorable career projects were the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" and a CBS three hour mini-series entitled, "Will There Really Be a Morning" which was a presentation of Frances Farmer's autobiography. 


SARAH BIRD  
AUTHOR 

Sarah Bird is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Air Force Brat. Her father was an Air Force Lt. Col.  She attended school overseas at Yokota in Japan. 

She is best known for her books "The Virgin of the Rodeo," "Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains," The Boyfriend School and "The Mommie Club." 


NEAL BOORTZ  
NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO TALK SHOW HOST
 

Neal Boortz is a Marine Corps Brat.  His father was a Marine Corps Pilot. 

The Neal Boortz Show is also syndicated throughout the United States. His Program airs daily from WSB-AM 750 in Atlanta, Georgia to an estimated daily national audience of more than three million listeners. 

Mr. Boortz was born in 1945 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Some of the places he subsquently lived as a Marine Corps Brat included: Honolulu, Hawaii, Laguna Beach, California, Morehead City, North Carolina; Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Pensacola, Florida. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1963. 

Source: Neal Boortz Homepage:  boortz.com  


DEBORAH BRYANT  
MISS AMERICA 1966 

Deborah Bryant is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She attended General H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was a member of the class of 1963. 

You can find more information on Deborah Bryant at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Irene_Bryant


LeVAR BURTON  
TV ACTOR-PRODUCER-DIRECTOR 

LeVar Burton is a military brat. He was born Levardis Robert Burton in Landstuhl, West Germany on February 16, 1957. 

He got his career started when he landed a role playing Kunta Kinte in the television mini-series "Roots" in 1977.   Burton is most well known for his role as Gerodi LaForge in the television series: "Star Trek: The Next Generation."   He also produces and directs the "Reading Rainbow" television series for the PBS. 

   
C

Marcus Calvin
Stage, Film, Television Actor

Stage, film, and television star, Marcus Calvin graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1983. After completing two years with the University of Maryland (1985) in Munich, Germany, he won a full scholarship from the government of Germany to attend the Otto-Faleckenberg-Schule for the Performing Arts (1989). Marcus has over fifty films and TV appearances to his credit along with the title character of the hit TV show “War Was Rickie”. 

On the German stage Marcus has performed in more than seventy productions among them the title roles in productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Twelth Night, Macbeth, Angels in America, Dong Juan, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Tartuffe. After being in Ensemble Companies in City, National and State Theatres in Germany for twenty-two years, he is now a freelance actor working independently. Living in Germany, Marcus is married and has three children

 

 

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. 


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'. 


KELLYE CASH
MISS AMERICA 1987 

More information on Kellye Cash  can be found on her Website, http://www.kellyecash.com/kellye.htm.  Her father, Capt. Roy Cash, Jr., USN (Ret), is a nephew of singer/songwriter Johnny Cash.

 


COL. JOHN H. CASPER, USA
SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT
 

Col. Casper was a Military Dependent. His father is a  Retired Col. 

Info From: Col. J.H. Casper & NASA Astronaut Bios 


EDDIE CHEEVER  
RACE CAR DRIVER-1998 INDY 500 WINNER 

Eddie Cheever is an Overseas School Alumnus. He is a 1975 graduate of the Notre Dame International School of Rome. 

He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to Italy with his family, where at the age of 13, he began his racing career at the Pista d'Oro track in Rome. There he became interested in the speed of Formula 1 racing, and by the age of 18, he was testing for Enzo Ferrari at the world famous Ferrari Works. 

Subsequently, Cheever became a driver in the Formula 1 circuit, participating in races all over Europe. Cheever has had over 130 Formula 1 starts. He has raced for teams like Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Renault. 

In 1990, he moved with his wife and family back to the United States and began competing in the Indy Racing League. 

During his first year back in the US, Eddie Cheever not only qualified for his first "500" race, but earned the honor of Indy's 1990 "Rookie of the Year."  In May of 1996, Cheever set the record for the fastest lap ever recorded in "Indy 500" history, with a speed of 236.103 mph 

In 1998 he won the Indy 500. 


Lt. GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER, JR.   
USAF (Ret)

Lt. General Clapper is an Army Brat and an Overseas Brat. He graduated from Nurenburg AHS, Nurenburg, Germany, Class of 1959.  He is also a University of Maryland-Munich Alumnus. 

General Clapper started his military career as an enlistee in the Marine Corps.  He then switched to the AF Officer's Candidate School and became a career AF officer.

He was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1991-95 when he retired from the Air Force.  Following six years in private industry, in 2001 he became head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency under Homeland Security, a position he currently holds.  (Updated Nov 2005)


GLENN CLOSE   
FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS
 

Glenn Close is an Overseas School Alumnus. She lived with her father Dr William Close in Kinshasa Zaire for most of the 16 years he worked there. 

Close has also stated that she hopes one day to film a movie about the Ebola epidemics in Zaire. 

The source for this information is the book "The Coming Plague" by Laurie Garrett. 

Glenn Close returned to the United States for high school and graduated in 1965 from Rosemary Hall, in Greenwich, Connecticut. 


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." 

 


TOM COLE
U. S. REPRESENTATIVE (R-OK)

(1949-  )

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


KENT CONRAD
SENATOR (D-North Dakota)

(1948- )


NOTES: Kent Conrad is an Overseas Brat.  He attended Wheelus American High School at Wheelus AFB in Libya as a civilian student for several years as a member of the WAHS Class of 1966. 

Senator Conrad’s official website is: http://conrad.senate.gov/

 

 


JOHN CORNYN, III
SENATOR (R-Texas)

(1952-  )

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/


PAT CONROY
AUTHOR 

Pat Conroy is a Marine Brat. His father was a career Marine Corps Aviator. 

Many of his books have been made into films: "The Water is Wide (Movie Version" Conrack")," "Prince of Tides," "The Lords of Discipline," "Beach Music" & "Great Santini." 

He did not attend any schools overseas. 

To read more about him go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Conroy.

 


GENERAL DONALD G. COOK
USAF (Ret)

General Donald G. Cook graduated from Paris American High School in 1965.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University.  From 2001 to 2005 he was Commander, Air Education and Traing Command at Randolph AFB, TX.  General Cook retired on August 1, 2005, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. of Ft. Worth.  (Updated Nov 2005) 


DEEDEE CORRANDINI   
FORMER MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
 

Deedee Corradini is an Overseas School Alumnus who lived and attended school in Lebanon and Syria for over 11 years. 

Corrandi was elected the first female mayor of Salt Lake City in November of 1991. She was re-elected in November 1995. She left office in January of 2000. 

She was also the President of the US Council of Mayors in 1998. 


 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 

 
   
 

 

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