Reunion 2015 in San Diego
Grad Get Diploma 48 Years Later
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Grad Finally Gets Deploma
Larry Manson, class of 1962 has a good claim here: the longest
period of time to get his JHS deploma - 48 years later!
In 1962 Larry was just six weeks away from graduating from
Johnson High when his family was transferred back to the States
so his mother could receive immediate treatment for cancer.
The school prepared a diploma for him, but when he didn't attend
the graduation, it was filed away in a safe. Years later when
Johnson closed and that safe was transferred over to Yokota
Air Base, the safe was placed in a school store room.
Only in 2008 when Yokota Systems Adminstrator Mark Skelton
opened the safe he discover the dipolma; through research, Larry
was located through the Johnson High School Alumni Assn. In
June 2011 Larry was awarded his diploma during a Department
of Defense Educational Activity Conference in Los Angeles.
(Reported by Charlie Reed in
the Stars & Stripes.)
Royal Caribbean Stateroom with balcony
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Meeting 2015 Summary
Bill Elliott (62), Vice President of the Association, announced
the completion of the Articles of Organization, Bylaws, and the
establishment of nonprofit 501(c) (7) status of the Johnson High
School Alumni Association as organized under the laws of the State
of California. A majority of members present voted approval.
Filing for Non-Profit Status
As a result of the business meeting held at the
2012 JHS Reunion in Sandestin, FL on 6 Oct 2012, we are filing
for non-profit status. Thanks to the assistance of several of
the JHS Alumni: Bill
Elliott, class of 1962, Bobi Blackstead Tone, class of 1965
and Marilyne Sebastian Ayers, class of 1963, we
now have an official name for our organization: "Johnson
High School, Japan Alumni Association," which has been
filed with the County of San Diego, State of California.
of different, military brat identity
Many military brats report difficulty in identifying
where they belong (due to a lifestyle of constantly moving,
and also immersion in military culture, and in many cases, also
foreign cultures, as opposed to the civilian culture of their
native countries, while growing up) and frequently feel like
outsiders in relation to the civilian culture of their native
countries. The home countries of a number of Military Brat subcultures
have highly mobile (modern Nomadic) lifestyles, or at least
significant overseas (or distant-internal) assignments for career
military families and their children and adolescents while growing
up, including Canada, Britain, France, India, Pakistan, the
Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. These
military-dependent subcultures are generations old.
However, some ex-military dependents have found that their mobile
upbringing has actually been massively influential in determining
their eventual career in adulthood. One example of this is British
actress/comedienne Dawn French who discussed her childhood as
an RAF dependent in an interview with Radio 4. She stated that
she felt that the need to make new friends every few years was
one of the reasons she discovered her talent for comedy. She
also discusses this aspect of her life in her autobiography
American military brats have also been identified
as a distinct, 200-year old American subculture.
Military Brats Registry
Brats Registry was created and is maintained by
Marc Curtis from my own need to locate my long lost friends
from Ft Bliss, Texas in 1960-61. I knew that others must be
seeking their Military Brat friends too, so the Military Brats
Registry was developed in 1997 to help everyone with a desire
to find others who grew up in the military. The site is supported
by advertisers (please visit them!), by the sale of items in
the Brat Store, and by subscriptions and donations. The Military
Brats Registry is not associated with any government agency.
Registry is not associated with any government agency.
Same Kids from Johnson
We are Johnson Alumni. Our high school friends are everywhere;
no where else do we call our high school home, unless it's Johnson.
If we haven't seen our high school friends at the last reunion,
we are sure to see them at the next. We grew up riding the red
or blue line bus to the Tachi or Yokohama. Whether we lived
in West Area, the quancets, Johnson Air Station, Washington
Heights, North Area or off-base Fussa, Japan was home.
Bus rides to Johnson from Yokota was our high school way of
life. We found happiness at a high school that provided our
education and the opportunity to make long lasting friends in
a place very far away from our previous home in the States.
We wonder at the feeling we have when we meet these friends
and teachers at a Johnson High School reunion, after so many
years. The feelings we had growing up in a land with so many
cultural differences. Trying to explain a place like Johnson
to kids that grew up in the States -- it's impossible. Yes,
we had homecomings, Yes we had proms. But did these kids get
to go to the Ginza in downtown Tokyo or climb Mt. Fuji. What
about our roots? Yep, strong and deep as you would find anywhere.
We were nurtured by a Japanese culture, willing to provide us
with life long experiences that you can't get from a two week
vacation in a far away land.
Like most of our fellow students, we learned the language enough
to communicate and travel to the far reaches of our Service
Club tours. Our moms' made us promise not to ride in the 60
Yen cabs, because they were too dangerous. We carried a matchbook
with directions to the USO in downtown Tokyo, which allowed
us to get from the train station to a familiar landmark by cab.
We went to movies with Japanese sub-titles, we saw sumo wrestling
and attended the Kabuki Theater. We bought lunch by pointing
to plastic food in the window and had a thrill riding the Japanese
trains at Rush Hour. These were just a few of the adventures
we had as teens in Tokyo.
Being a rolling stone that gathers no moss is true, but we
do gain a certain polish, us kids from Johnson. Our travels
have taught us to be open;. that not all people think and believe
as we do. There is no wrong, just different. We have touched
many and allowed their cultures to touch us. As Johnson High
Alumni, we have learned to see the many things that make us
all the same, which has also taught us to celebrate the difference
Just as there is happiness at the start of our JHS Reunions,
so is there sorrow in parting as it nears its end. There is
no way to prevent these eventual Good-byes; our tansportation
awaits; the Farewells are ineventable and never easy. Yet, even
in this state comes the strength to face tomorrow, knowing that
another is just a few short years away.
As a JHS Military Brat, we go out with an extending hand and
heart, with friendships formed in hours and kept alive through
the decades, reunion after reunion. We will never know the feeling
as a youngster living in one place, but we will have been nurtured
by the many bases we called home. As we "Pay it forward"
the help that we offer today will be returned.
In the poem by Robert Frost: "Two roads diverged in a
wood, and I took the one less traveled by." Our paths may
have been separate, as in the poem when we left Johnson High,
but we have come out on the otherside of that wood and finally
meet again, to find deep inside, we are the same kids From Johnson.
Hope to see you at the next reunion.
Brats External links
- an online magazine" This website
has articles, essays, poetry and blogs about growing up as a
child in a military family.
Our Journey Home
" Award Winning Documentary
about Military Brats Funded and produced by the Nonprofit organization,
"Brats Without Borders"
Brats Registry Podcast
Military Brats Registry
sponsored a series called "Every Brat has a story."
These are interviews with famous and not-so-famous military
The lives of children of military parents -- military brats,
as we have always been called -- involve constant uprooting and
relocation. The question, ''Where are you from?'' can induce silence
or a string of place names that sounds like bragging. There are
few who know the wrenching upheavals and fears that go along with
a parent's duty to country.
The Internet is providing an assortment of sites where brats
can register, like www.military-brats.com, and search for past
friends. There are also newsgroups and specific school groups.
It is like coming home to people you have actually gone to school
with and who share the unusual experiences you have. --Gail Gunther,
Concannon, NY -- Sept. 11, 1999
Culture Kids is the home page of TCK World. In
addition to being the host of Operation Footlocker, the site
is for "Third Culture Kids." The term refers to brats
whose world is neither the military one inside the fence nor
the civilian one outside, but a "third."
is the Military Brats Registry, a way for
brats to locate other brats from childhood, as well as articles
by brats on aspects of the brat experience and links to other
Footlocker The traveling footlocker, full of objects
and photos donated by military brats, is certain to uncork memories
and prompt story-swapping. This is how we brats connect to our
lost childhoods, and celebrate the unusual way we grew up.
Links about Military Kids
Overseas Schools Historical Society - The overseas
education of more than four million American children and youth
since World War II is an unwritten chapter in the history of American
education and represents the schooling of several generations
under circumstances unique to human history.
According to Wikipedia, TCK is a term used to refer
to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’
culture for a significant part of their development years. The experience
of being a TCK is unique in that these individuals are moving between
cultures before they have had the opportunity to fully develop their
personal and cultural identity, cultural nomads.
You may be a TCK, if:
- To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes depending
on who you’re talking to.
- And you often slip foreign slang into your English by mistake,
which makes you unintelligible to most people.
- You’re really good at calculating time differences,
because you have to do it every time you call your parents or
- But you also have your computer programmed to help you out
when your math fails.
- You start getting birthday wishes several hours before your
birthday, from your friends farther east than you.
- Your passport looks like it’s been through hell and
- You have a love-hate relationship with the question “Where
are you from?”
- You definitely know your way around jet-lag recovery.
- Your circle of best friends is as politically, racially, and
religiously diverse as the United Nations.
- So when you do see your best friends, you lose it a little.
- You’ve had the most rigorous sensitivity training of
all: real life.
- You know that McDonald’s tastes drastically different
from country to country.
- You’re a food snob because you’ve sampled the
best and most authentic of every possible cuisine.
- You often find yourself singing along to songs in languages
you don’t speak or understand.
- The end of the school year was always bittersweet because
so many people moved away.
- No matter how many you say it, good-byes never get easier.
- But the constant flow of new friends more than made up for
- Now you feel incredibly lucky to have loved ones and memories
scattered all over the globe.
- You know better than anyone else that “home” isn’t
a place, it’s the people in it.
- And you can’t wait to see where your life adventure
takes you next.
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