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Men of Honor: Story of Carl Brashear - Preface

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Poster for a presentation by Carl Brashear at the Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va. on February 19, 2003.  Image online, courtesy jlab.org. Click on the image for a better view.

 

To be the first
black master diver in the Navy -
that was my goal. 

The Reminiscences of Carl Brashear 
U.S. Naval Institute,
1998

 

Before Carl Brashear became the U.S. Navy’s first black master diver, he used his incredible strength of will to ignore old rules so he could break new ground.

Before he became the U.S. Navy’s only amputee master diver, he relied on innate courage so he could stare-down death.

Before he became one of only seven enlisted men whose oral histories are profiled by the U.S. Naval Institute, he had already inspired other men of honor and courage.

This is the story of a man who rose above harsh and humble beginnings to excel in the most extraordinary ways. It is the story of a man who succeeded despite racial prejudice and physical limitations.

It is the story of a man who believed in his dream - and made it happen.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Nov 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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