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Maritime Museum honors Brashear

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Famed Navy diver was born in 1931 in Tonieville

By John Friedlein

A maritime museum recently opened an exhibit dedicated to the Navy’s first black master diver, who was from Sonora.

Dream to Dive: The Life of Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear tells the story of how he served even after his leg was amputated because of a salvage accident. The Nauticus museum display runs until June 7 in Norfolk, Va.

“It’s unbelievable,” said his nephew, H. Ron Brashear of Atlanta.


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