Mr. William (Bill / Bruh) Bruhmuller, III, of Panama City, FL, died at the age of 81 on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, with his family by his side.
Bill was born on August 10, 1935 in Malden, Massachusetts. At 17, he joined the Navy and had a remarkable career. As part of the Underwater Demolition Team (Class 13), he was one of 21 men who graduated from the original class of 156. He spent the next 8 years assigned to UDT-21 and 22 commissioned by John F. Kennedy as a Frogman. In 1958, he was selected by NASA to participate in establishing benchmark endurance standards for astronauts.
In 1962, President Kennedy commissioned 10 naval officers and 50 enlisted men, selected from the Underwater Demolition Team, to form SEAL Teams 1 and 2; Bill served as part of SEAL Team 2. Considered a Plankowner, Bill and his teammates are the unsung heroes of those turbulent years and held in high esteem among those who fought alongside them. As part of that elite group, he had tours in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. Bill also had a temporary assignment in the CIA where he supervised missions in Cuba. He will also be remembered for being the first SEAL dog handler in the history of the Teams. Bill retired in 1978 as a Master Chief with 2 purple hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Bette Bruhmuller; children, Howard Everton (Nancy), Donnie Everton (Michelle), Mark Bruhmuller (Laura), Will Bruhmuller (Jessica), Brian Bruhmuller (Cynthia) and Brandi McFaul (Marty) along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Southerland Funeral Home Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted at www.southerlandfamily.com.Southerland Family
100 E. 19th St.
Panama City, Fla. 32405