July 26, 2006

Man of Honor

Was cruising through some Usenet groups a few minutes ago, when I found this:

Master Chief Brashear and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Legendary Navy diver Brashear dies

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."

One story about CW4 Brashear's experiences in Iraq may be found here.

UPDATE: Captain Ed includes his farewell, and some thoughts about Brashear's grit and determination.

Posted by Casey at July 26, 2006 1:27 AM | TrackBack
Comments

He was a great man of integrity and inspired many.

Posted by: Janelle at July 27, 2006 7:31 PM

He was a great man of integrity and inspired many.

Posted by: Janelle at July 27, 2006 7:32 PM

Former USN EM1(SW). Master Chief Brashear was a friend of my BMC (Chief Boatswain's Mate) Mays. Also an amputee, BMC Mays and BMCM Brashear had a special relationship. I met Carl and spoke to him on occasion.

Fair Winds and Following Seas to a true Professional and Man of Honor. May he find the peace he has earned through his deeds.

Posted by: CWO KGP at July 27, 2006 9:39 PM

HOOYAHH MASTER DIVER, THANK YOU FOR MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY FOR THE REST OF THE
"BUFFALO DIVERS" BY BEING THE FIRST. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

Posted by: FELIX F. MCCULLOUGH at July 31, 2006 10:56 PM