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Carl Maxie Brashear
Birth: Jan. 19, 1931
Tonieville
Larue County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2006
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA

One of the first black U.S. Navy divers. He joined the Navy in 1948. Despite almost daily occurances of discrimination, he graduated from the diving program in 1954. In 1966, he was tasked with recovering a bomb in the waters off Spain. During the mission he was struck below his left knee by a pipe that was being used to hoist the explosive out of the water. Damage to his leg was too severe and it was amputated to avoid gangrene. He was the first Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee. He retired from the Navy in 1979 after more than 30 years of dedicated and faithful service to his country.
 (bio by: Ron) 
 
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 Parents:
  McDonald Brashear (1898 - 1974)
  Gonzella Brashear (1903 - 1996)
 
 Children:
  Shazanta Brashear (1955 - 1996)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
Norfolk
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15044278
Carl Maxie Brashear
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Carl Maxie Brashear
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Carl Maxie Brashear
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God bless you on Veterans Day (early). Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Nov. 5, 2014
God bless you on your Birthday (US Navy's 239th Birthday, belated). Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Oct. 14, 2014
God bless you throughout Autumn, the beautiful, fiery season of the Harvest. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Oct. 13, 2014
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