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Creation Date

Summer 2016

Circa Date

Exhibition date: June 1 - December 31, 2016


John "Jack" Vincent Brennan ’59 was born on August 16, 1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts to John and Olympia (Malgieri) Brennan. The grandson of Irish (paternal) and Italian (maternal) immigrants, Brennan entered Providence College in 1955 majoring in economics. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps reserve at Newport, R.I. in February of 1956.

Upon graduating from Providence College in 1959, Brennan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and entered Officer's Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.

Brennan’s military career was just the beginning of his life of travel. Military assignments led him to California, Okinawa and Vietnam – where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his actions during the battle of Khe Sanh, June 1967. After Richard M. Nixon was elected President of the United States in 1968, Brennan was nominated by the Marine Corps and selected for the position of Marine Corps Aide to the President.

As the Military Marine Corps Aide to President Nixon, one of Brennan’s duties was to take advance trips arranging for domestic or foreign Presidential visits.

Most notably, Brennan accompanied the President on visits to Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union, China, and more than 60 countries. He also accompanied the First Lady on all of her trips abroad, including trips to Ghana, Liberia, Brazil, and Peru. (Cont...)