View Full Version : Legendary Diver Dies

07-26-2006, 12:34 AM
He made history as the first African American US Navy Master Diver.

Tuesday afternoon, 75-year-old Carl Brashear died at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth,

His story was told in the 2000 film “Men of Honor,” and he was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Brashear joined the United States Navy in 1948 at the age of 17. He became the only amputee deep-sea diver to reach the status of Master Diver and was the only black man to ever become Master Diver of the United States Navy, a position he held from 1975 to 1977, according to the Navy.

He retired as a Boatswains Mate Master Chief.

Naval hospital officials said Brashear died at 2:45 p.m. of respiratory and heart failure.

His Marine Corps helicopter pilot son, Phillip, was home from Iraq on emergency leave and was at his father’s side.

“Carl Brashear was a man of integrity. He was well-loved and admired by the hospital staff,” said NMCP Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Cullison. “It was an honor to provide the care for this American hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family members.”


07-26-2006, 05:02 AM
Thanks Basil,
I'll drop my flag and give him a salute at dawn.

07-26-2006, 10:17 AM

07-26-2006, 01:58 PM
I remember watching the movie about this guy. Definitely a hard charger! Sad to see him go, but he has done what so many of us try to do in our lives; he certainly left his mark on history. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/patriot.gif