Carl Maxie Brashear

Carl Maxie Brashear

Tonieville, Larue County, Kentucky, USA
Death 25 Jul 2006 (aged 75)
Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Virginia, USA
Burial Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: Avenue of History, Lot: 90, B-3
Memorial ID 15044278 · View Source
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United States Navy Master Chief Petty Officer. He was one of the first African-American divers in the United States Navy. He joined the Navy in 1948. Despite almost daily occurrences 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.

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  • Maintained by: Oda Pearl
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 25 Jul 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Maxie Brashear (19 Jan 1931–25 Jul 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15044278, citing Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Oda Pearl (contributor 49288084) .