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."
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
People don't have to like you, but if you're competent at your job then they have to respect you. That's the message Chief Warrant Officer Phillip Brashear wanted the Reserve Soldiers and civilians of the 80th Training Command (TASS) ...
A Story of Inspiration
Why Carl Brashear Continues to Inspire
And how his example of courage and determination changed my life. A story by Tony Palm,
BMC (SW/DV) USN (Ret)
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.