The U-S Navy's first black diver died yesterday at age 75.
Sonora, Kentucky native Carl Brashear died at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia of respiratory and heart failure.
Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 at age 17.
That wasn't long after the U.S. military desegregated.
In 1954, he was accepted and graduated from the Experimental Diving Unit in Washington, D-C, despite battles with discrimination.
Brashear became a master diver in 1970 after completing 600-to-1-thousand-foot dives.
He retired from the Navy in 1979 with more than 30 years of service.
Brashear was portrayed by Cuba Gooding Junior in the 2000 film "Men of Honor."
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