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Carl Maxie Brashear, BMCM (MDV)

Also Known As: ""Mr. Navy""
Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Tonieville, LaRue, Kentucky, United States
Death: July 25, 2006 (75)
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, (Social Security lists Virginia Beach City officialy), Portsmouth, Virginia, United States (Respiratory and Heart failure)
Place of Burial: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of McDonal (Mack) C. Brashear and Gonzella Brashear
Ex-husband of <private> Brashear (Wilcoxson); <private> Brashear (Elam) and <private> Brashear (Brundage)
Father of Shazanta Brashear; <private> Brashear; <private> Brashear and <private> Brashear
Brother of Douglas Brashear; William D. Brashear; Herbert H. Brashear; Haskal Brashear; Maynard Leo Brashear and 4 others

Occupation: Master Diver-U.S. Navy-Holds distinction of the first African-American to achieve this title., Lecturer
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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 Boatswains Mate.

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 Brashears early life and U.S. Naval Career. []

2002- Carl is inducted into the "Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians" []

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 Carls sons DaWayne and Phillip Brashear. []

9/18/2008- U.S. Navy Cargo Ship USNC Carl Brashear T-AKE 7 is Christened in Carls Honor []

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Carl Maxie Brashear, BMCM (MDV)'s Timeline

January 19, 1931
Tonieville, LaRue, Kentucky, United States
May 17, 1955
Age 24