|Maximiano Jose dos Santos|
|Birth:||22 February 1893|
Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
|Death:||25 April 2006|
Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
|Age:||113 years, 62 days|
Lieutenant Maximiano Jose dos Santos claimed to have been born on 22 February 1893, in Bom Conselheiro, Pernambuco. In 1913, at the age of 20, he volunteered and was hired by the Captaincy of the Ports of Alagoas as a 3rd Class Sailor. In 1917, he definitively engaged in the Navy as a Stoker.
During World War I, serving in the Naval Division in War Operations, he made several supply trips to the Allied countries, aboard the São Paulo Battleship, from where he landed to serve in the American Navy, initially in the Nebraska Coupé, in "South Carolina".
In 1919, he was promoted to 2nd Class Sailor and, in 1921, the 1st Class Sailor, returning to Rio de Janeiro to embark on the Amazon Destroyer. In 1922, he moved to Ladário, serving on board the Oiapoque Notice. When being promoted to Cabo, in 1925, embarked in Monitor Pernambuco. In 1926, he returned to Rio de Janeiro to study. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant in 1929, 2nd Sergeant in 1930 and 1st Sergeant in 1933. In that same year, he was awarded the Silver Medal for 20 years of relevant services rendered.
On 22 November 1934, he was awarded the "Victory Medal" and the "Campaign Cross" for his achievements in World War I. In 1936, he obtained promotion to Petty Officer. Appointed to serve in the Mato Grosso Flotilla, he presented himself, in February 1937, as in charge of machinery at the Tugboat Sales de Carvalho and, in October 1938, as driver of machines onboard the Parnaíba Monitor. The ship sailed to Salvador in April 1943 because of its transfer to the Eastern Naval Command in order to perform escort missions to Allied convoys and port patrol during World War II. For his actions in this conflict, he was awarded the "Two-Star War Service Medal".
It should be noted that in March 1944, the then Subo Oficial Maximiano was praised, and deserved record in the log book, for the act of bravery, determination and courage for being the first to enter the Caldeira Square of the Parnaíba Monitor, which burned in flames, in order to quell the fire that broke out in that place as he sailed on the escort service to merchant ships joining a convoy.
In 1945, he returned with the ship to the Flotilla of Mato Grosso, in Ladário. In 1946, he went to the Reserved Reservation as 2nd Lieutenant, counting more than 30 years of service, and in 1952, he was promoted to the position of 1st Lieutenant, being Reformed in 1953. For most of his life, he served in the area of the 6th Naval District Command, becoming a symbol for the region, having received the titles of "Citizen Ladarense", "Citizen Corumbaense" and "Citizen" Sulmato-grossense.
For all its qualities, Lieutenant Maximiano himself offered a single explanation: "Everything I know and everything I am, I owe to the Navy." The Brazilian Navy was my second mother, and I left it, looking back. today the Navy would call me, I would come back with great pride and start over again. "
Lieutenant Maximiano died on 25 April 2006 at the claimed age of 113 years, 62 days in Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
|Brazil's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Paulina Souza • Merencia Espindola • Maria Camila de Jesus • Jardelina Maria da Conceicao • Mariana Alves de Farias • Maria Barros de Castro • Maria Diolinda da Silva • Maximiano Jose dos Santos • Rosa Teixeira Lima • Placida Maria do Livramento • Ana Nogueira de Lucas • Maria Gomes Valentim • Celanira Monteiro • Maria Amorim Gularte • Mercina Maria dos Santos• Alida Grubba Rudge • Luzia Mohrs • Sebastiana Vieira • Julia Amelia da Conceicao • Antonia Santa Cruz •