Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Truly A Man Of Honor

Master Chief Carl Brashear, the African-American Navy diver who was the inspiration for the movie "Men of Honor", passed away Tuesday at age 75. He truly lived life to the fullest, and is an example to all those who strive to excel in spite of everything seemingly arrayed against them.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar...

Update 2246 26 July: From the CNO's statement on the passing of Master Chief Brashear:
... It would be easy in remembering his incredible life to focus on one aspect or another - his humble, yet proud, beginnings in rural Kentucky; the discrimination he suffered at the hands of racist superiors and colleagues; the list of all the “firsts” he accomplished in the dangerous world of Navy diving; the raw, physical courage he exhibited in overcoming what would be for many a debilitating injury.
But focusing only on such things would be shortsighted. For in doing so we obscure from history and from our heritage the real greatness of the man. We must - as he always did - look at the whole, not at the parts.
Carl Brashear wasn’t just a trailblazing African-American. He wasn’t just a superb and skilled diver. He was a good husband and father...a patriot...a leader. He was a friend who friends cherished, and a Sailor who Sailors admired. He represented in his poise and in his character something larger and more dignified than the trappings of military rank and position, no matter how hard-earned they proved to be.
Put simply, Carl Brashear was the very best of men. He was living proof that, in a world which can at times be unfair and uncompromising, persistence and sheer determination trumps all...

4 Comments:

Anonymous chrys said...

Thank you for posting Master Chief Carl Brashear's photo. Such a fight probably deserved a longer life. Unforgettable story.

7/25/2006 11:16 PM

 
Anonymous EW3 said...

The movie about him was just on a few weeks ago and I did some google research on him and started to learn about him.
And now he's gone.

7/25/2006 11:56 PM

 
Anonymous Byron Audler said...

Hell of a man, with not an ounce of quit in him. I suspect the Almighty is having a fine time with the Master Chief right now;)

7/26/2006 2:49 PM

 
Blogger Chap said...

He was a hell of a man even in 2004--he was just as active as ever, emailing everybody in the universe, advising the admirals, spending time with the sailors. Rest your oar, sir.

7/26/2006 7:36 PM

 

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