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.
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