Fond Military Brat Memories

Reflections On My Navy Career

When my father, Kingston Winget, turned 13 all he wanted to do was be a soldier. He enlisted in late 1944 but just missed World War II. Many young men really did want to get to the war before it was over. As it was he stayed in and became an officer and served in the Korean War and later three times in Vietnam. As soon as I was born he wanted me to be […]

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Grandparents – Stability in a Nomadic Life

My father’s parents retired and moved from north Alabama to Columbus, Georgia in 1960. I can remember going over with my parents to visit before we left for Germany. My uncle Myers, one of dad’s older brothers, was a WW II vet, and then a policeman, who lived right across the street, had cut down several huge pine trees and he had just built a general purpose “shop” building behind the house, which matched the […]

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Boot Camp Treasures

While my Dad was a drill sergeant at Fort Knox, he would sometimes surpirse me and my brother with presents I call “boot camp treasures” from the previous cycle of recruits that passed through the post. While the pay was meager for recruits, they did receive three hots and a cot, as they say, and until they got weekend passes to go off post, most were confined to post and spent their pay at the […]

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To Find A Fallen Star

I stirred from an uneasy sleep. I needed to use the bathroom, too much juice again before bedtime. Opening my eyes I looked up into the darkness. It was quiet, only the gentle ticking from the clock crept through the stillness. A faint glow of sodium orange framed the bedroom curtain. I turn round to my left side and fumbled for my bedside clock which stood on the top of the bookcase beside the bunk […]

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A Thanksgiving Story

My most memorable Thanksgiving dinner was also my first. I was sixteen and after living thirteen years overseas had just gotten back to the U.S. the month before. I was stuck on a very remote post. There was no commissary, PX, snack bar, housing, nothing except a few million very tall pine trees. Only eight people lived on that post year around and I was going to be one of them. The Army said they […]

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Why I Never Say Goodbye

Editor’s Note: Why I Never Say Goodbye first appeared in Military Brats Online on July 21, 2009 As Military Brats we learned early in life that the friends you have at the moment might be gone tomorrow. While it was exciting to learn that your best friend or a classmate was going to Taiwan, Georgia, Turkey or who knows where, it was also a way of telling someone that your friendship was ending. Goodbyes I can’t […]

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Only To A Brat

Editor’s Note: Only To A Brat was first published in Military Brats Online, June 7, 2011 It had to happen. Though I’d been dreading this for years, I knew the day would come, though I’d hoped I’d never see it. The final class to graduate from Mannheim American High School accepted their diplomas this year. A large piece of my personal history is beginning to slowly fade away. Oh sure…like many other installations that close down, […]

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The First Base

My first base was always my favorite: Mather, AFB. It has been closed and we are going back to see what is left very soon. We did not live on Mather until I was six. WWII and a trip to Alaska postponed being able to live with dad until then. Before the war, he had been stationed there and was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Dad and his new bride lived off base. I […]

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AFN Midnight In Europe – 1960s

In the early 1960’s I used to go to bed and listen to my grandfathers old valve radio through a set of very large headphones. After realising that the signal on 208 meters (Radio Luxembourg) drifted off station on medium wave on a regular basis, I roamed the airwaves and found AFN ( American Forces Network ) which had a much stronger signal. The music was completely different, and I found myself enjoying the sounds […]

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Mr. Loo

There are some people and places that are truly unforgettable. This is Debbie Adam’s essay essay about a special time, place and person in her life.

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Living With John Wayne

Greg Kerr brings us a great tribute to his father, his hero.

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The Orient Express

Living in Okinawa, Japan was an adventure and an unforgettable place for Linda Bureman.

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Strangers in Our Own Family

Moving frequently and living far away from family made keeping up with our own extended families difficult. Jim shares his own observations with us.

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Moving Experience

“No, this essay is not about anything relating to moving from place to place. ‘PCS’ is still a term I have firmly implanted into my brain.  That, and my father’s social security number.  As we all remember, for years we were identified by our sponsor’s Social Security Number.  I suppose when you repeat a 9-digit number for the better part of 21 years, it’s hard to get out of your head.”—James Kidd

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The Parachute

In a time when there was no TV broadcasts, many Military Brats found hobbies and reading to occupy their time, as we did.

One day an orange and white parachute came into our lives.

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