A sharecropper's son with minimal formal schooling, Mr. Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 and endured years of racial taunts, even death threats, as he pushed ahead for what he hoped would be a glamorous diving career.
While on an aircraft carrier in 1950, he saw a mission to salvage a fighter plane that had fallen overboard.
"A Navy diver with helmet and diving suit was sent out to the ship and went down about 50 feet to attach lines to the plane," Mr. Brashear once told a Norfolk reporter. "Everyone on ship was looking at him. No one had ever paid much attention to me. I immediately thought that diving was something I wanted to do."
It's a story about motivation and perseverance. This is what Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear said to many who gathered at the Rock Island Arsenal in honor of National African American History Month Observance. His father, Carl Brashear, was the first African American Master Diver for the U.S Navy.
Men of Honor – Carl Brashear (US Navy) and Phillip Brashear (USN, US Army)
Man of Honor: Carl Brashear
Dive News Network (DNN) caught up to Carl Brashear's son Phillip in Richmond, Virginia to talk about the Carl Brashear Foundation and about his father's US Navy career, his life and times and achievements.
Cosby High School Visit
On April 29, 2016, Phillip Brashear shared the life and values of the late Master Chief, Master Diver(retired) Carl Brashear to a group of Cosby High School students in Midlothian, Va.
AAAA Article – "History Repeats Itself"
CW4 Phillip Brashear carries a blessing and a burden, but that's what comes with being Carl's son. The blessing is having a father that everyone loves and respects.
Celebrating African American History
Military Sealift Command's Special Emphasis Observance Committee hosted a Black History Month celebration on board Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 24, 2016.
Oris commemorates the life of Carl Brashear
Oris is extremely honoured to introduce its first bronze
watch remembering the extraordinary life of Carl Brashear,
the U.S. Navy's first African American master diver.