Carl Maxie Brashear, BMCM (MDV)
|Also Known As:||""Mr. Navy""|
|Birthplace:||Tonieville, LaRue, Kentucky, USA|
|Death:||Died in (Social Security lists Virginia Beach City officialy), Portsmouth, Virginia, USA|
|Cause of death:||Respiratory and Heart failure|
|Place of Burial:||Norfolk, Virginia, USA|
Son of McDonal (Mack) C. Brashear and Gonzella Brashear
|Occupation:||Master Diver-U.S. Navy-Holds distinction of the first African-American to achieve this title., Lecturer|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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<private> Brashear (Elam)ex-spouse
<private> Brashear (Brundage)ex-spouse
About Carl Maxie Brashear, BMCM (MDV)
'Carl Maxie Brashear
Born: 1/19/1931 to McDonal (Mack) and Gonzella Brasher in Tonieville, Ky. Died: 7/25/2006 at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.
Carl had been married, then divorced, to three women, they were: Junetta Wilcoxson, Hattie R. Elam and Jeanette A. Brundage
Junetta is the mother of their children.
Distinguished Military Career
enlisted: U.S. Navy 2/25/1948
U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage School: graduated 1954- (1st African-American to attend and graduate from this school- Carl graduates 16 out of 17)
1/1966- the Palomares Incident- In January of 1966, a B52 Nuclear Warhead was lost off the Coast of Spain, due to a mid air collision of aircraft.
3/23/1966- Carl recovers a B52 Nuclear Warhead
Carl would lose his left leg, to a tragic accident after a cable snaps used to recover this Warhead. Carl does not lose his leg at this time, but due to persistent infection and Necrosis, his leg was amputated.
5/1966 to 3/1967- Carl endures intense physical therapy learning to use his prosthetic leg.
4/1968- Carl Brashear becomes the 1st amputee to become re-certified as a U.S. Navy Diver
1970- Carl Brashear becomes the 1st African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver
1971- Carl achieves the rate of: Master Chief Boatswain
4/1/1979- Carl Brashear retires from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief Petty Officer (E9) and Master Diver
1993- Carl retires from his GS-11, U.S. Government Civilian job.
2000- the movie "Men of Honor, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and Robert DeNiro was released. This movie dramatized Carl Brashear
s early life and U.S. Naval Career. [http://www.moviefone.com/movie/men-of-honor/8044/main?flv=1]
2002- Carl is inducted into the "Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians" [http://kchr.ky.gov/about/gallergreatblack.htm?pageOrder=4&selectedPic=30]
7/25/2006- Carl Brashear passes away, due to Resiratory and Heart related issues.
After 7/25/2006- the Carl Brashear Foundation is founded by Carl
s sons DaWayne and Phillip Brashear. [http://www.carlbrashear.org/contact.php]
9/18/2008- U.S. Navy Cargo Ship USNC Carl Brashear T-AKE 7 is Christened in Carl
s Honor [http://www.internationallegendsofdiving.com/FeaturedLegends/brashear-carl_bio.htm]