Inside the Brashear Conference Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, stand a life-size photo of the late Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl Maxie Brashear and the diving suit he wore during U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage training in 1948. Brashear is a pioneer in Navy history, becoming the first African American master diver and master chief. He was also the first person in the Navy’s history to be restored to full active duty as an amputee.

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