MIGHTY TRENDING

WATCH: Struggle, legacy and honor through 3 generations

Carl Brashear overcame every odd thrown his way: racism, addiction and even an amputation.

U.S. Army photo

The U.S. Navy's first African American diver, Carl Brashear, used to always say, "It's not a sin to get knocked down, it's a sin to stay down." His son, Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer Phillip Brashear, tells his family's story of struggle, legacy and honor.

From conquering racism and alcoholism to refusing to let a leg amputation end his Navy career, Carl is truly an American hero. Watch as both Phillip and his son continue that legacy.