November 10, 2000
Carl Brashear, the son of a 1930's sharecropper, longs to be the first African-American Navy Diver. At the diver's training camp, Carl encounters scathing racism and legendary but embittered Master Diving Chief Billy Sunday. Sunday puts Brashear through a training regimen tailored for Carl's failure, but Carl shows uncommon drive and perseverance. Carl graduates and becomes a Navy Diver, only to have his leg amputated as the result of a combat injury. Later on in life Brashear and Sunday meet again on different terms, as Sunday comes to Brashear's defense in his effort to resume his career as a diver with a prosthetic leg. With Sunday's barking encouragement, Brashear succeeds and the two men salute each other in the end.