Military Family Life

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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It’s a Small World (For US Brats) After All

If you added up all of the folks that served across the branches over the last 30 or 40 years, and then added the number of dependants (that’d be you and me..and our civvy parent(s)), while the number would be rather large, in reality we’re a small, tight-knit demographic. Case in point was something that happened this past Sunday. My mother and I drove to the Arsenal to attend Sunday service at the Chapel. We […]

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Military Brats “The Ties That Bind”

On the plane back from a well over due class reunion, with tears in my eyes, I put pen to paper and what I was feeling in the depths of my soul spewed forth, filling the pages. As I wrote I had no idea that my words would impact so many people. How I unknowingly found a way to express, what some many others have been feeling in their hearts, but were unable to put […]

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13 Years

Today is the 21st of October…13 years ago, MSG (ret) Lester Kidd closed his eyes for the last time and left this world behind. And at 27 years old, I was left without a father. At the all too young age of 56, he was gone. We’d always assumed that he’d never live to be 90, but 56? While one is never truly prepared for the loss of a parent, my immediate vision of the […]

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Remembering an Army Thanksgiving

This year’s Thanksgiving celebration just passed was one of the best our family has ever held. I hope yours was as well! For once, our entire family was together and we had quite the crowd at the Kerr shanty here in suburban Atlanta Georgia. My mind drifted to other Thanksgivings, and I couldn’t help remembering one from the early sixties–an Army Thanksgiving. I’m not sure of the year, but since it was prior to my […]

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Family Secrets – Part 5

Life became twice as large when the family moves into Tokyo. Too soon it’s over and the family has to escape from murder.

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My Lucky Shamrock

Some simple stories are hard to explain, and some things in life, like true love, is meant to be.

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Adventures in Travel

Personal accounts of traveling with the family when changing duty stations.

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Our Families

Military life is different from the way that most kids grow up in the civilian world. Only those of us who have lived as Military Brats really understand what that means.

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In The Beginning

My Story begins where every one else’s does…the Water Tower.

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Open House

The best day of the Military year is the Base Open House, or Commander’s Day as it was sometimes called.

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Jackson is a Crazy Cat

We have to contend with a strange animal for a year.

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Christmas Time in Deutschland

Remembering Christmases from my childhood at Landstuhl Germany with our German friends for six years.

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Summers on the Mediterranean

Life in a military family gave us many rich experiences, making all the moves worthwhile.

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Goodby Daddy!

Saying goodbye does not get easier over time.

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