Master Diver Carl “Maxie” Brashear was the first African American U.S. master diver to serve for the United States Navy. A native of Sonora, Kentucky, a 17-year-old Brashear enlisted in the United States Navy on February 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had desegregated. His road to graduation wasn’t easy. Brashear received hate notes on his bunk during his training. Despite this, he was the first black to attend and graduate from Diving & Salvage School, and would later earn the rank of master diver in 1970 after intense dives up to 1,000 feet.
Brashear retired from the navy in 1979.
Years later, Brashear would return to active duty. It was one incident that put him back in history as the first amputee diver to be certified as a U.S. Navy diver. He lost his leg during an operation to recover a hydrogen bomb that dropped into waters off Spain. During the mission, two U.S. Air Force planes collided. While recovering the bomb, his leg was hit by a pipe. To avoid gangrene, doctors amputated his leg.
Brashear’s training as an amputee was grueling, but he wouldn’t express just how painful it was to the Navy. He knew they would take him out of training.
In 2000, Brashear’s life was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the film “Men of Honor.”
Carl Brashear passed away in July 2006 from respiratory and heart failure.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. new new
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8. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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9. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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10. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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11. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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12. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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13. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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14. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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15. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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16. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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17. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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18. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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19. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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20. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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21. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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22. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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23. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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24. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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