Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Navy to Name Ship After First Black Deep-Sea Diver

The Navy will be naming a ship after Carl Brashear, the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver.

A new cargo ship will bear the name of the Navy's first black deep-sea diver.

Carl Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 when he was 17 years old. 1 of 6 children born to a sharecropper in Kentucky, he dreamed of becoming a Navy diver. No blacks were Navy divers at the time.

Brashear remained determined and made his way into the service, eventually retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1979.

He died at age 75 in 2006.

If you remember, Brashear was depicted by actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in the film "Men of Honor".


Anonymous said...

That was such a good movie!! He definitely deserves the honor!


Neutral Dive Gear said...

"That was such a good movie!! He definitely deserves the honor!"

Right on both counts, jglez!

Anonymous said...

Great flick, but I want to see remake.