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Carl Brashear

AKA Carl Maxie Brashear

Born: 19-Jan-1931
Birthplace: Tonieville, KY
Died: 25-Jul-2006
Location of death: Portsmouth, VA [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Navy diver

Military service: US Navy (1948-79)

The first African American Master Chief diver in the U.S. Navy. Subject of biopic Men of Honor.


[1] Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.

Father: McDonald Brashear
Mother: Gonzella Brashear
Brother: Douglas Brashear
Brother: Haskell Brashear
Brother: Leo Brashear
Sister: Florine Harris
Sister: Leatta English
Sister: Norma Jean Moore
Brother: Edward Brashear
Wife: Junetta Wilcoxson Brashear (m. 1952, div. 1978)
Son: Shazanta Brashear (b. 17-May-1955, d. 13-Jul-1996, heart attack)
Son: DaWayne Brashear (b. 16-Jan-1957)
Son: Phillip M. Brashear (b. 4-Jul-1962)
Son: Patrick S. Brashear (b. 31-Jul-1964)
Wife: Hattie R. Elam (m. 1980, div. 1983)
Wife: Jeanette A. Brundage (m. 1985, div. 1987)

    High School: GED (1960)
    University: Charles County Community College, Great Mills, MD (1980-82)
    University: Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA (1983)

    National Defense Service Medal
    Navy Commendation Medal
    Presidential Unit Citation
    Risk Factors: Amputee



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