Carl Brashear The Menof Honor Essay

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CARL BRASHEAR "THE MEN OF HONOR" 1CARL BRASHEAR "THE MEN OF HONOR" 2Carl Brashear "The Men of Honor"The movie Men of Honor was released in November 2000 ("IMDb," n.d). In 129 minutes that the movie takes to watch, the director George Tillman Jr. describes Carl Brashear's life. It describes the racism and adversity that Carl like many others had to endear through the 40's and 70's while serving their country. Carl's struggle and constant can do attitude is what made the man. This story of Carl Brashear and his drive and efforts to become the first man of color to ever hold the rank of a Navy Diver is depicted below.The movie starts off by introducing Master Chief Billy Sunday a US Navy Diver, who was under arrest for being absent without leave (AWOL). Master Chief Sunday and the two guards were watching TV news broadcast about the ongoing salvage operation when Master Chief recognized a familiar face on the screen. One of the guards made a racist joke; Master Chief attacked him and subdued him until the broadcast was over.The next scene was a flash back some 25 years, where a young black boy named Carl Brashear was watching his father plow the field with a horse on their farm. Carl wanted to quit school so that he could help his father work the farm so the land owner would not evict them. His father did not want Carl to stop going to school, he wanted better for his son.A flash forward and Carl has grown-up, he is now standing beside a bus and his father gives him a homemade radio to remind him of home, and tells Carl to be the best, even if it means breaking all of the rules.After boot camp Carl worked in the kitchen on the USS Hoist a rescue and salvage ship deployed to the South Pacific. One day Carl and his friends were out on the weather decks while the white sailors were swimming, the black sailors were not allowed to swim the same day. Carl was hot and tired, knowing it was not his day to swim; he decided to jump in the water to cool off. The officer of the deck told one sailor to go retrieve him, but Carl out swims them all. Afterwards Carl was sent to the brig. The Captain went to see Carl because he was impressed with his speed. The Captain transferred Carl from the kitchen to the search and rescue swimmers division, a group of sailors that rescued personnel who fall overboard.As time passes, Carl was writing a letter home when a helicopter crashes in to the stern of the ship. Carl ran to the main deck and assist his shipmates in the raising a Navy Diver from the oceans bottom who retrieved one pilot. The diver was Master Chief Sunday. Master Chief was de-rigged and making his way to the decompression chamber as the next diver was being lowered, the winch malfunctions and severs the airline that supports the divers breathing, and the diver falls to the bottom of the ocean. Master Chief performed a dangerous bounce dive to rescue the fallen diver. On officer, Lt. Hanks ordered Master Chief to stand down, but Master Chief disobeyed the...

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