Carl Brashear – deep sea diver. He was the first African American to become a master diver for the U.S. Navy. He was also the first Navy diver to return to full duty as an amputee. In 1966 he was assigned to recover a hydrogen bomb that fell into the sea off the coast of Spain after two US Air Force planes collided. As a result, his leg was injured and later amputated. His life was made into a movie in 2000 titled “Men of Honor” starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
Carl Maxie Brashear (January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the 1st African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. His life story is dramatized in the 2000 motion picture Men of Honor, in which he was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Brashear enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had been desegregated by President Truman. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School 1954-1st African-American to attend & graduate.
MEN OF HONOR - "Sometimes I would come back from a run, and my artificial leg would have a puddle of blood from my stump. I wouldn't go to sick bay. In that year, if I had gone to sick bay, they would have written me up. I didn't go to sick bay. I'd go somewhere and hide and soak my leg in a bucket of hot water with salt in it--an old remedy. Then I'd get up the next morning and run." - Carl Brashear with Cuba Gooding - playing the star role in the Movie of his life's story.