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February 21, 2007

Carl Brashear, Man Of Grace

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:09 am

What this video clip (h/t Sub Report) doesn’t mention is that when Master Chief Brashear was long out of the service, he spent a lot of time teaching and encouraging young folks, and always stayed close to the Navy. At the end of his life he still was sought out by very senior officers and enlisted for advice and mentorship.

I’m very glad that he, unlike so many others, was able to get a little respect and recognition while he was still alive, for being the giant of a man he was. I have the utmost respect for master divers; getting there with the barriers he faced was an enormous accomplishment that he handled with grace rather than resentment.

3 Responses to “Carl Brashear, Man Of Grace”

  1. Curt Says:

    I was given the rough of what ended up as the USNI interview of BMCM Brashaer. On top of what your have seen so far, the interview reveals a man who had only the goal of doing well, and then making sure others did well at the core of his personality.

    Above and beyond that, his son, CWO4 Phillip Brashear, US Army, had this to say at the Master Chief’s funeral:

    He taught people world-wide that your race, your gender, your religion, none of that makes any difference. You can achieve your goals, you can be held accountable to your characteristics as a person not by the color of your skin.

    Oh that all of us could “retire” with such a legacy, but thankfully Carl Barshear was around to leave behind many changed lives.

  2. Maria Manzano Says:

    Can you say what specific fiction was depicted in the movie “Men of Honor”? Specifically, was a white man really given a medal, for the heroic feat which Carl Brashear saved the life of a white diver trapped in a sunken submarine? Was Carl Brashear really made to take twelve steps in the courtroom instead of the required six steps, which DeNiro portrays in the movie ?
    Was his radio actually replicated to resemble the radio which Carl’s father made made for him ?

  3. Melverdia Washington Says:

    YOUR FATHER WAS ONE OF MANY OF OUR BLESSED AND VERY SMART PEOPLE THA T STRUGGLED, BUT REFUSED TO LET ANYONE OR ANY EVENT CHANGE HIM OR MAKE HIM LOSE FOCUS ON WHAT HE WANT TO BECOME. HE USED THE NEGETIVE
    THINGS AND ACTIONS TO IMPROVE HIMSELF AND TO KEEP MOVING ON TO ACHIVE HIS GOAL. I AM ALMOST 60 YEARS OLD AND I REMEMBER THOSE NEGETIVE COMMENTS AND ACTIONS THAT HAPPEN TO ME AND MY MOTHER AS WE RODE
    THE BUS AND WENT TO DIFFERENT STORES. I HOPE THAT YOUR
    WHOLE FAMILY USE THIS AS A GREAT ROLE MODE.TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR THEM SELFS. MAKE SURE YOU ALL PASS THIS INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LOVE ONE TO YOUR CHILDREN CHILDREN CHILDREN CHILDREN.
    MAY GO D BLESS YOUR WHOLE FAMILY

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