Carl Brashear

Carl "Maxie" Brashear
Staying down was not an option in the eyes of Carl "Maxie" Brashear. There was too much to accomplish.

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USNS Carl Brashear
The seventh Lewis and Clark class Auxiliary Dry Cargo ship was given the name of Carl Brashear.

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Challenge Coin

New Commemorative Coin
This commemorative coin has been released to honor the extraordinary life of this American Hero.

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Navy Salvage School

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."


Links to several press releases, blog reports, and interviews given by the Brashear family

News & Events

  • Black History Month 2014

    Phillip Brashear addressed a large group of military, government, and contractor employees at the Strategic Systems Programs Command during their Black History Month Observance on 10 February 2014.     More More

  • 23rd Annual UMOJA Festival

    The City of Portsmouth hosted the 23rd Annual UMOJA Festival from Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26th, 2013. This three-day festival took place at nTelos Wireless Pavilion and Festival Park.    More More

  • Glenda Arrington new Secretary

    Ms. Arrington, born in Norfolk, Virginia, received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her graduate degree from Old Dominion University.    More More

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