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CPO Carl Maxie Brashear
Birth: Jan. 19, 1931
Larue County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2006
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) 
Family links: 
  McDonald Brashear (1898 - 1974)
  Gonzella Brashear (1903 - 1996)
  Shazanta Brashear (1955 - 1996)*
  Maynard Leo Brashear (1921 - 2001)*
  Carl Maxie Brashear (1931 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
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CPO Carl Maxie Brashear
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CPO Carl Maxie Brashear
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CPO Carl Maxie Brashear
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Thank you for your service. You were a true man of honor. You persevered to overcome so many obsticals. God bless.
- Nancy E. Collins
 Added: Nov. 17, 2015
A navy diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert.If it is lost under water, he finds it.If it is sunk, he brings it up.If it is in the way, he moves it.If he is lucky he will die young 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closet he will e...(Read more)
- glenda wheeler
 Added: Nov. 8, 2015
God bless you on Veteran's Day (early). Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Nov. 4, 2015
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