Through Brashear’s Individual Acts of Courage in the face of Civil Rights you see it was his character, his leadership that helped him triumph over the social and physical tragedies in his life.

Today the rights of gays and females in combat are debated. That debate is open because of the ground work and inspiration laid by Carl Brashear.

It is significant to note that Master Chief Carl Brashear was not only the first African-American Master Chief Diver in the Navy, he was also the first and only amputee diver!

Brashear "taught people world-wide that your race, your gender, your religion, none of that makes any difference," (Newell) and that is his greatest triumph!

But no one may have been able to say it better than the man himself...