First African American Navy Master Diver who helped recover a missing bomb for the air force, which led to receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
In 1954, he became the first African American to attend the Dining & Salvage School.
After losing his leg while recovering a bomb, he became the first amputee to be certified as a U.S. Navy diver.
He married three times and had four children, DaWayne, Shazanta, Phillip, and Patrick.
Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed him in the 2000 biopic film Men of Honor.