Remember Your Fellow Brats on Memorial DayPosted: May 27, 2016
Memorial Day will soon be here.
Many see this as a three day weekend or the unofficial start to Summer. Some will understand and pay their respects/remember those that died while serving for a few moments.
OVERSEAS BRATS (OSB) created years ago a memorial to remember those Brats who died while serving, everyday. Not just Memorial Day. OSB takes this one step further to recognize those Brats who died while serving in law enforcement. They too served. Visit the memorial at: www.overseasbrats.com/BratMemorial.asp .
Please note: This is a list of those Brats/Educator who were reported to OVERSEAS BRATS and NOT a list of all Brats/Educators who died while serving in the military/law enforcement.
Some of the interesting things about those on listed on this memorial which includes those who died while in the service AND while on duty as law enforcement officers?
*239 Brats & One Educator (whom died while serving as a DEA agent).
*236 men and 3 women.
*141 Army, 35 Air Force, 23 Marine Corps, 23 Navy, 1 Coast Guard and 12 law enforcement. Five we don’t know what branch they served in.
The conflicts/wars shown where they were killed/died in:
*4 each Afghanistan & War on Terrorism.
*3 from World War II.
*2 from Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
*1 each Korea (DMZ incident), Grenada.
(The rest of those listed died while serving because of accidents or other causes.)
The top 10 schools/bases/communities with the most fatalities are:
1. Frankfurt (36)
2. Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart (19)
3. Heidelberg (16)
4. Munich (9)
5. Baumholder, Bitburg, Kaiserslautern, and Narimasu (7 each)
9. Berlin, Dreux, Itazuke, Nurnberg, Poitiers (5 each)
Just SOME of their stories?
*Bill Free (Navy Brat) idealized his sailor father Tom Free, and dreamed of the day he too, would join the Navy. Bill’s dream came true and he ended up serving on the same ship of his father – the USS Arizona. Both Bill and his father, Tom, were killed on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Bill is the oldest Brat on the Memorial.
*There are two Medal of Honor recipients included: Army Brat Robert Cole (World War II) and Frankfurt’s Rocky Versace (Vietnam). Many Army Brats attend Robert Cole High School which is adjacent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX.
*Everett Hatcher (taught at the school in Karlsruhe in the 1970s) was killed while on duty as a DEA agent on February 28, 1989.
*Tom Metzker (Itazuke)’s character is featured in the movie, “We Were Soldiers,” about the battle fought in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam in November 1965. Not featured in the movie but also killed there is Jay Lynch (Munich).
*Tschann Mashburn and David Taylor attended school in Vietnam (ACS Saigon) and later died in Vietnam.
*Air Force Brat Michael Anderson and Marine Corps/Navy Brat Willy McCool were among the astronauts that died in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident on February 1, 2003.
*Clyde Bonner (Kubasaki) survived two tours of duty in Vietnam only to be killed by a bomb planted by the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany in 1972.
*Army Brat Laura Walker came from a long line of those who served in the military. She was a U.S. Military Academy graduate and died in Afghanistan .
*Sherry Olds (Frankfurt) died as a result of the al-Qaida bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi while serving on duty there with the Air Force in July 1998.
*Mark Bishop (Kubasaki) was on duty on board the USS Forrestal when it caught fire in the South China Sea in July 1967.
*Kip Taylor (Berlin-Heidelberg) was in the Pentagon when al-Qaida seized American Airlines jet slammed into the Pentagon on 9-11.
*Norman Hayes (Ankara) was on board the submarine, the USS Thresher when it went down in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1963.
*Todd Clark (Army Brat) was on his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed on June 8, 2013.
*Liguori Tate (who went to school in Germany) was one of two Hattiesburg, MS, Police Officers that were killed in the line of duty on May 9, 2015.
Please remember our fellow Brats on Memorial Day.