Born a Military Brat, Marilyn Morris attended schools overseas, in Seoul Korea, Linz, Austria and various schools stateside. From this background, she has crafted her autobiographical Once a Brat, Always a Brat, relating her travels with her army officer father from her birth in 1938 to his retirement in 1958. When not writing or editing emerging writers’ manuscripts, she enjoys her family and friends worldwide and near her home in Fort Worth TX. True to her Brat heritage, she has a suitcase packed under the bed, ready to travel at a moment’s notice. I know you’ll enjoy Once A Brat, Always a Brat – this week’s Great Read!
As one of the first dependents to be sent overseas at the end of WWII, eight-year old Marilyn Celeste Morris received her very own orders from The War Department.
From Seoul, Korea to Linz, Austria, she traversed the globe from 1938 to 1958 with her Army Officer father, mother and younger brothers. Between assignments in the primitive world of the Far East, to the sublime luxury of exploring castles in Bavaria, the family shuttled between the various Stateside Forts: Bragg, Bliss, Hood and Sill.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes gut-wrenchingly sad, her narrative is part travelogue, part therapy session. She still cries at Taps and stands tall when the colors pass; yet she realizes she carries an odd mixture of pride and resentment over her nomadic way of life.
Her conclusion, however, is that she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Once a Brat, Always a Brat.
Dennis Campbell of BratCon.com radio has called Once a Brat, Always a Brat, “a field manual for understanding Military Brats.”
To read more, visit Marilyn’s website and her check out her blogs:
Once a Brat
The Lady with Lupus
Buy Once a Brat, Always a Brat today on Amazon.com!
7 thoughts on “Great Reads Monday: Once A Brat, Always a Brat by Marilyn Celeste Morris”
Nice to see these memories in a book where others can learn about “how it was.”
I've seen this book promoted and it looks really good. Very interesting.
Sun Singer – yes, I couldn't agree more!
lastnerve – I think it's fascinating too!
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This book should inspire other Brats to journal their memories.
I enjoyed the original Once A Brat so much it appears as one of the only four reviews I've written for Amazon. Looks like I'd better get my hands on this book as well!
Marilyn's story of a now almost forgotten aspect of military life is valuable in several different ways. Obviously, to herself personally as part of her family experience. It also succeeds in another aspect: a part of the social history of our times, and as such should remain a valuable reference for future readers.
What a great story! Everyone should journal a little bit, especially writers. Great material from journals. Congrats!
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Thanks Marilyn and Misha for stirring memories of service years.