It's not a sin to get knocked down; it's a sin to stay down.
-- Carl M. Brashear
Many of us are familiar with the film Men of Honor starring Cuba Gooding Jr. Well it turns out that the real-life hero of that film, Carl M. Brashear has become more than an icon in film, but that a ship has been named after him and was launched a few weeks ago in San Diego.
Brashear himself was an extraordinary man with a highly distinguished career in the Navy. He was awarded plenty of honors as the Naval History website shows. But having a ship named after him is, by my reckoning the coolest. I don't know if there are other Navy ships named after African Americans, but I suspect that there might be another considering that I didn't read anything about the Brashear that indicated that it was the first. The USNS Carl Brashear is a 210 meter Lewis and Clark class cargo ship. Others of this sort have been named after other great explorers like Peary, Earhart and Alan Shepard. Fine company indeed.