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Carl Brashear

Age: 75

the first black man to become a U.S. Navy master deep-sea diver whose battle to overcome racism, poverty, and a disability was chronicled in the film Men of Honor. He lost a leg in a diving accident in 1966, yet continued to dive for the Navy after rehab.

Died: Porstmouth, Va., July 25, 2006

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