BRASHEAR, Carl Maxie, MCPO
Last updated: February 4, 2018 at 19:15 pm
U.S. Navy Master Diver (1953); leg partially amputated during recovery mission of an atomic bomb off Spain in 1966; first amputee to be restored to duty as a diver; retired from the Navy in 1979 as a Master Chief Petty Officer; subject of the film Men of Honor (2000).
Contrary to what is often reported, Carl Brashear was not the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy. The first was in fact Chief Petty Officer John Henry Turpin.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.