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."

Carl Brashear Veterans Center?

ABC affiliate WHAS 11 aired this piece about the campaign to remember Carl Brashear on Feb. 16, 2016 .

Travel Channel Video

The Travel Channel was kind enough to allow us to use this piece which aired on Mysteries at the Museum.

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

News & Events

  • Black History Month 2017

    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.    More More

  • 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.    More More

  • 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.     More More

  • 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.     More More

  • 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.     More More

  • 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.     More More

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