African American History: Carl Brashear

Carl Maxie Brashear (January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver in 1970.

Brashear was born on January 19, 1931, in Tonieville, Kentucky, the sixth of eight children to sharecroppers McDonald and Gonzella Brashear.[1][2] In 1935, the family settled on a farm in Sonora, Kentucky. Brashear attended Sonora Grade School from 1937 to 1946.

Brashear enlisted in the United States Navy on February 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had desegregated. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954, becoming the first African-American to attend and graduate from the Diving & Salvage School and the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver.[1] Brashear was also the first African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver and the first amputee diver to be certified or re-certified as a U.S. Navy diver.

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11 Responses to African American History: Carl Brashear

  1. rikyrah says:

    anything to publicize our military heroes…thank you.

  2. Ametia says:

    There’s former First Lady Laura Bush. She looks well and rested.

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    It was first proposed by black Civil War veterans almost 100 years ago.

    Now, five special commissions and two acts of Congress later, shovels and backhoes are set to break ground Wednesday on the National Mall in Washington for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Obama, the nation’s first black president, will take part.

    The $500 million museum, created by an act of Congress in 2003, will have the task of chronicling more than 200 years of black life in the United States.

    Its seven levels over more than 323,000 square feet are planned to provide a sweeping history that confronts racial oppression and highlights the achievements of the famous and the everyday life of ordinary people. Its bronze and glass facade, known as the Corona, represents traditional African architecture.

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  6. Carl Brashear looks so fine in that uniform. It brings joy to my heart and makes me so proud.

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