ANDREA Y MOTLEY CRABTREE
  FIRST FEMALE  U S ARMY DEEP SEA DIVER

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Mildred said:   February 17, 2017 9:44 am PST
Pride of you. Your honesty is refreshing. Please continue to share you story.

Alfred W Webster 1SG USA Army RET. said:   November 21, 2016 10:16 am PST
Hi Andes , I was the First Sargent of HHC 30th Engr Bn st Ft Belvoir 84 -86 . Just wanted to say that I was impressed with your service and accomplishments of you Mil career ,very proud of the milestones that you Added to your resume, it was great having you in my unit , a pleasure to have served with you!!!

Curtis Gomez said:   November 14, 2016 2:14 pm PST
Love your web site. I think we were just missing each other as far as assignments. Completed 35E at Belvoir in Feb 79, did Camp Stanley Korea, ETS'ed from the 513th at Bliss at the end of 81. Small world. Brought back some fond memories, thank you.

Dale B Baker said:   September 4, 2016 4:56 am PST
HooYah Reddiver. Signed Topside. DeepSea All The Way. I love diving the Ol' Mk 5. Mk 12 is nice too.

Chatale Sullivan said:   August 17, 2016 9:51 am PST
I am proud of your accomplishments. The world is a richer place with your spirit contributing to the circle of life.

BERNADETTE FRANCIS said:   May 29, 2016 5:22 am PST
Andrea , I am proud to have served with you in the Army. I was in basic training with you in 1977. Thanks for your service and all I am proud to have served with the first woman deep sea diver. God Bless!

Beryl Shereshewsky said:   April 8, 2016 7:43 am PST
I came across your story today, I work for Great Big Story, we are a part of CNN, we would love to chat with you!

VA said:   March 29, 2016 8:10 am PST
Very cool! As an african american female scuba diver, I can only imagine some of what you may have gone through! Thanks for sharing your story!

Chris T said:   February 23, 2016 5:48 pm PST
Just ran across your site. Thank you for serving. Please keep on posting - enjoyed what I read. Again, Thank you.

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Andrew Rector said:   January 15, 2016 11:38 am PST
Common sense, perseverance, and the ability to know one’s limitations are attributes that can take a person to remarkable heights of self achievement. Congratulations on being a noteworthy pioneer and role model. MSgt USMC, Ret

Lisa McCoy Davis said:   January 11, 2016 10:07 am PST
I find your life story to be the most inspiring story to read, I will show this story to my girl scouts to show them the possibilities that are out their if they just go for it. If you can dream it you can be it. (at least try).

Robert Dinsmore, MD said:   December 10, 2015 12:03 pm PST
Best wishes!

Portia Spearman said:   December 9, 2015 4:08 am PST
Hello, each year in Feb. a coworker and I put on an African American program at school. The students portray famous African Americans. This year we wanted to highlight you in the program. I can not find the information I need. In the speech they have a few minutes to tell how you became interested in becoming a deep sea diver and what you did to accomplish your goals.

Janine said:   November 5, 2015 11:32 am PST
thank you for your history. your page. thank you for who you are. God continue to bless you. Again, thank you!

RayK or said:   August 7, 2015 8:45 pm PST
Hey friend. Your a rock star in my book lady and I hope we remain friends for life. We bumped into each other over a coin. How cool is that? God bless. XO Kidd

Damone Coleman said:   May 13, 2015 10:28 am PST
I enjoyed reading your work and viewing your photos. I am currently attending WLC and my class was assigned an oral historical brief on a military NCO. Due to a history buff friend of mine on Facebook, I learned of you and your service to our country. Consequently, I chose to do my assignment on your accomplishment. Thanks for your service and best wishes in your retirement.

Marini said:   May 11, 2015 11:45 pm PST
Good job, Love it Best regards from Europe. m.buttner@zideris.nl

Dyana Colgin Robenalt said:   May 3, 2015 2:00 pm PST
Andrea! Sue Hite and I have been wondering about you for years and wanted to get in touch. Your story is amazing and I'm not surprised you did such incredible things in your career. You were always such a winner. After being gone from Ohio most of my adulthood, I recently moved back and live near Berwick. Connect with us! Would love to see you! dyanarobenalt@gmail.com

Tammy said:   February 26, 2015 1:39 pm PST
So proud to be part of your "forever family". Although I don't know you personally I'm proud to call you my "sister" You are a few scant years older than me, I love your moxie!!! Keep at it, keep showing them what you are made of.. If and when you have the time please visit my FB page. Tammy Greene. We have a long family military lineage, so proud to be part of something much bigger than myself and honored to meet you. :-)

COL Seth Ostrowski (544th Fort Eustis 94-97) said:   January 16, 2015 1:30 pm PST
Great story! Keep the field's history alive.

Hannah Divelbliss said:   January 3, 2015 7:01 am PST
Your story and your career are definitely inspiring. Thank you for writing this. I'm sure you probably already know it, but it women like yourself that paved the way and motivated female soldiers like myself. If it weren't for soldiers like you, I would've never thought my career was possible. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.

Will Postel said:   December 26, 2014 11:35 pm PST
Hey Andrea, Your life story and journey is written in such a fascinating way that I could not stop reading and learning about your life history. I would be appreciate the opportunity to discuss filming a documentary of your life story. One veteran to another, thanks for your service.

Patricia M Williams said:   November 8, 2014 8:42 pm PST
What an outstanding career. I am a WAC veteran having serviced 1960-1963. Thank you for your service.

Tony Bennettt said:   October 29, 2014 9:14 am PST
Thank you for paving the way for not just girls (my girls think you ROCK!), but for everyone who believes in MILITARY SERVICE for our great country! Army Intel '84-'95!

Sharon Robino-West said:   September 19, 2014 6:00 am PST
Rock on! Thanks for leading the way. Semper Fi from a female Marine who's a fan.

Rick Gardner Retired USA Deep Sea Diver said:   August 25, 2014 8:57 am PST
Hey, met you once here at association reunion then again, son only, in Panama City. He bowled with me and Gene Klimas. Need your help. NICE WEBPAGE .... go girl!

Andrea Moore said:   April 27, 2014 12:51 am PST
I'm sorry I didn't know about your very honorable endeavors till today. 1958 was a great year for me too! I honor you and your service. All the best to you and family!

Dunaway said:   March 18, 2014 9:24 am PST
Keep it up! http://www.dunawaysurveying.com/

Steven A. Smith said:   January 25, 2014 8:00 pm PST
Hello Andrea; Worked with you in PR (deep blue84). You were then and are now a role model! HooYA DEEP SEA

Steve Monsees MDV MSG (Ret) said:   December 16, 2012 6:06 am PST
Your own website, WOW. It was an honor serving with you in Pohang, and a lot of fun. Sorry we just missed each other in Korea 90-91. You should have come down and seen the 502nd Eng Det. (Div).

Arnaldo Rivera said:   August 10, 2012 12:31 pm PST
I went TDY to Ramstein AB, Germany and I met Andrea at the sports bar in the KMCC. What an honor. I first saw her at the elevator and rendered my hello. I would have never thought it was someone of such respect, honor and importance. The couple hours we spent at the bar talking about diving was truly a memorable moment. I will cherish that moment and it is well recorded in my memories. To you Andrea Montley Crabtree, thank you for what you did and for what you continue doing. Thank you for being a role model. You inspire many. It was so awesome to see your pictures and hear your stories about what you did back then. I wish more people knew about what you did. Good luck with you book. If you are ever in Spain and you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.

TD Frank said:   May 10, 2012 1:31 pm PST
After talking to you on the phone from HRC, I was very impressed with your demeanor and will to win. It's amazing what you've done in your life and what you've lived through. You should be an inspiration to all women. As a retiree, I've seen much in my 27 year career and wish I had male soldiers with your courage and drive for life.

brett boyer said:   April 20, 2012 12:25 pm PST
Heard a lot about you during my time in the dive field. I came into the Army Dive Field in 89-90. I am the `1SG now down at NDSTC. I enjoyed your web page and know most of the old timers you mentioned in your bio. Do you ever plan on coming to any of our Army Diver Re-unions? Like to meet you in person. Take care. MDV

deepnwords said:   April 1, 2012 5:53 pm PST
Your story is pretty incredible, however, I would love to read more about you from your childhood to adulthood. It would help me understand your journey, your choices, and why you made the decisions you did.

William B. Conner said:   March 15, 2012 1:30 pm PST
A great website. I need to learn more about you. Although I'm a former Marine ( 74-81 ), I'm deeply impressed by your achievements in the Army. I found you after I searched 35E20.

bill ford said:   February 20, 2012 5:44 am PST
stumbled upon your web site, i like it. my big brother was an Army Diver and he was so proud of that. i'm sure you've endured all the incredible looks and more when you tell people ...yes ARMY diver. All my children are currently serving. My brother loved the Army. please check out photos of him on my web site www.wpford.zenfolio.com

Jazmn Johnson said:   February 15, 2012 11:53 am PST
Heyy this is jazmin and i go to hoffman middle school. Im going to do a black history project on you and i am so excited to do something like this on you... :)

Pebbles said:   February 15, 2012 5:10 am PST
You've hit the ball out the park! Inecdrbile!

Brandice said:   February 15, 2012 1:13 am PST
Thanks for helping me to see thngis in a different light.

Craig said:   February 14, 2012 5:38 pm PST
Andrea, you were wise for declineing the promotion for SSG if you haven't the U.S. Army would of been different.

Annett said:   February 13, 2012 1:37 am PST
Realy like your website, found lots of intresting info. keep up the great work. Will soon be back to visit again. All the best Jack & Annett. From England now living in Germany. Ps: feel free to sign our guestbook and leave a link to your main website. Jack & Annett: www.dream-business.ws

Jane Miller said:   February 3, 2012 11:32 am PST
You probably don't remember me, but you were the most memorable dental patient I have ever had the priviledge to meet. You graciously autographed the photo of you in the dive suit sitting. I love that picture and enjoy telling people about your amazing life! I don't remember the year, but it was at Ft. Campbell, Ky. The website is great!

Marcial Sanchez said:   January 18, 2012 2:59 pm PST
I am truly honored to have served with you at Merrell Barracks in Nurmberg Germany with the 614th Maint. Company. I still recall when you got pinned with your SPEC 5. I thought that was truly amazing then. And now I am even more proud of this accomplishment. I have shared this with my students, the honor of personally knowing you, and next month we will acknowledge you and your story at our school during Black History Month. Thanks for your contributions to society, your service and all that you do. You are indeed someone awesome to look up to. May God's Blessings always be with you. SSG Sanchez U.S. Army (Retired) LOTC Instructor Hoffman M.S. Aldine ISD

Al Hodges said:   January 2, 2012 5:35 pm PST
I was amazed to run across this site. Congrats on your historic achievement (in the NAVY?). We served together at Fort Bliss. I recall talking motorcycles with you. You rode a black Moto-Guzzi (?) at the time, I seem to recall. All the best.

Joseph Sherling SFC said:   December 2, 2011 11:17 pm PST
I heard about you from the fellow LCU crews from back in the day. Would be very interested in inviting you to talk with today's troops at FEVA if you have the time. Thank you for your service and I look forward to hearing from you. May you and your family stay blessed........

mebals said:   October 31, 2011 9:10 am PST
wonderful site! I am looking forward to more! mebals.ezhary@live.com

John Cinicola said:   October 20, 2011 8:05 am PST
Congrats on all your wonderful accomplishments! I graduated as a Power Generator Operator/Mech (52B10) also in 1977. It must be wonderful to explore "Another World" under the surface. Very dangerous and hard work, as well as rewarding. Thank you for your bravery and service.

wraney_2@hotmail.com said:   September 28, 2011 12:10 am PST
What a fantastic website, thank you for sharing. wraney_2@hotmail.com

Frank Catcher said:   September 27, 2011 9:19 pm PST
Neat website thanks for sending me the link! frankcatcher77@yahoo.com

Donna McKale said:   August 4, 2011 9:47 am PST
I am retired Navy (20 year service) and the Female Vet Rep for AmVets Post #90 in East TN. At each meeting I present something about female veterans. For our Aug. meeting I am focusing on "1st for female veterans" and will be sharing some of your information. Thank you for your service.

Salim E Awad said:   July 15, 2011 6:54 am PST
Deep Sea!

Bruce Hatlan said:   June 28, 2011 6:19 pm PST
As we spoke and I started to go back in time to, "the day", I could feel that connection that only someone that had shared the experiences of being a deep sea diver back in those days, could. Good times and hard work that we did, day and night. I find that I can only smile and laugh. I checked out the pictures of Dean and saw that goofy grin and dip in his lip.. well those who knew him will always picture him that way in their memories.

Tillman McAdams said:   June 23, 2011 1:11 pm PST
Thank you for your service. Great achievment. Do not know if you have been contacted but Dean Ullock lost his fight with cancer this morining... thanks for sharing your photos of service together.

David Lewis said:   June 14, 2011 9:25 am PST
It was nice to come across your site and see your accomplishments.

#hartson23[IPIIGIIPIIII] said:   June 1, 2011 11:51 pm PST
Hey - I am certainly delighted to discover this. great job!

Nicole Gesualdo said:   May 30, 2011 2:28 pm PST
As a young woman diver I especially loved this site.

David DeMonbrun said:   May 30, 2011 4:35 am PST
It was nice meeting you yesterday.

sogEphewsrego said:   May 29, 2011 8:11 am PST
Very interesting subject , thankyou for posting .

obuv liska said:   May 26, 2011 10:53 am PST
Super Site

Sean Williams said:   May 4, 2011 10:52 pm PST
Andrea, It is an honor and a pleasure to read your story. You are truly an inspiration to the determination and will of the human spirit. Being black is not a bad thing after all. Sean

Jeffrey M. Lane said:   April 27, 2011 9:21 am PST
Wow, I can not wait to read your book! I enjoyed reading the about me section and looking through the photo's. I served as an Army diver from 1993-2001 and have heard stories about you. Looking forward to meeting you at one of the reunions. Jeff

Dannie Daniel said:   April 11, 2011 9:12 am PST
"Wow" Loved the site and the pictures, would like to know more about your story and are they working on a movie yet? Anyway that I could get a signed picture also, you and the divers suit in black and white. Would love to hear from you when possible, your inspire, take care

George Hunter Jr. said:   April 7, 2011 4:07 pm PST
When I saw this I copuldn't believe it. I called Tony Dawson immediatedly. You did make history, congratulation. Tony and I live in California close by. I'm an Analyst for the stae. Hope you and your family is well. Do you know how to get in contact w/ stubby or Bruce?

alorgoSquar said:   March 3, 2011 3:16 pm PST
hi, good site very much appreciatted

Bill Bowen said:   January 18, 2011 8:04 pm PST
Love your site and have always been facinated by hard hat diving. I was interested to know if it would be possible to get an 8x10 signed photo of you in that picture from your homepage where you are sitting in full gear with your Mark V helmet in your lap?

Jan Henault said:   January 15, 2011 9:07 pm PST
First, thank you for your service and for your website. You will inspire others. My Dad was a Navy Deepsea Diver in the late 30'a and early 40's. His suit didn't look much different from yours...more metal, maybe. He helped rescue and salvage the USS Squalus (submarine). Stay well and be happy.

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Jacqueline Lang said:   December 12, 2010 1:36 pm PST
awesome!!

korina ussery said:   October 4, 2010 9:18 am PST
hey,Im so happy that i was able to met you,you are such a great women,and thank you for being a friend you cant find many of them and when you have them you can always count them on one hand.and also thank you for serving this crazy world we live in and fighting for it,also keep up the good work on your book!!!!You go girl!!!!!!

John Sathe said:   September 24, 2010 7:24 am PST
Just when you thought you could rest...Wonderful story and great family pics. I am glad I was a part of your life. Sorry we lost track of each other. I am VERY happy for you and your family. Hoo Yah! Navy, Hoo Yah EOD!

Jim Fish said:   September 17, 2010 2:59 pm PST
Great page.......it was great working with you at Ft. Belvoir.....86th dive det.

Keith Santi said:   August 8, 2010 7:10 am PST
You influenced.. and perhaps offended many people. But you were and always will be a professional that desires perfection and chases your dreams

LTC Kay Emerson said:   July 12, 2010 1:01 pm PST
I'm very curious about you and your experiences, especially the command climate you highlight. Thank you for your service and dedication!

Charlotte Christovich said:   July 5, 2010 8:04 pm PST
OOHRAH/HOORAH My sister. USMC/USArmy.

Susan Mullis said:   June 25, 2010 11:40 am PST
More to you than meets the eye! I've always been proud to call you my friend.

Michael Armstrong said:   June 23, 2010 4:51 pm PST
Andrea, very impressive. You should be proud of your service. Keep building the web site. I'll be watching.

John Griswold said:   June 12, 2010 7:02 pm PST
Keep at it, Andrea, we're reading!

Frenchy Leveille said:   May 31, 2010 11:49 am PST
Great website, keep going on it! Work on the journal, do it in chapters, weekly or monthly, you have a fascinating story! Magnificent photos, they bring back wonderful memories. I am truely proud to know you and honored to be your friend!

Keith Santi (SSG) said:   May 1, 2010 11:30 am PST
SSG Motley, at least that was your rank when I first met you. All you drills looked the same to me. Great website and I wish you the best

Dr. Sherri Brown--VA Dentist said:   April 15, 2010 12:10 pm PST
What a great website! So honored to know you.

Martha said:   October 27, 2009 7:50 am PST
This is going to be a great story. I'm anxious for you to get it published. We all want to know "the rest of the story". Fascinating.

Martha Freshley said:   August 29, 2009 5:17 am PST
Great Website! I can't wait for the journal!

Cindy Cummins said:   July 20, 2009 5:31 am PST
We go way back! And to think when you took off with that backpack to hitch-hike across the country I figured you get as far as Indiana and turn back! I should have know. I am very proud of you!

Craig Miller said:   June 27, 2009 12:52 pm PST
Where would you begin. Andrea, to a great friend who you can count on to always have your back. Stay in contact - you have the details.

Lloyd E. McMurphy (MAC) said:   June 1, 2009 6:48 pm PST
Always a thrill diving with you..What happen to that lucky pup from korea. that poor dump bastard Cab Diver! Are you still in touch with the good natured Vet that you destroyed his office? Oh and what did you and Haten do to get thrown out of the barracks and sleep in pup tents? Still love you kiddo..mac

eric crabtree said:   June 1, 2009 4:12 pm PST
hey mom i just wanted to say hi and to thank you for every thing you have ever done for me and to tell you that your web site looks good and to thank you for telling me tha you were going to give me my truck back thanks just playing unless you want to i love you

ivy said:   May 31, 2009 11:12 am PST
ANDREA YOU HAVE BEEN A GREAT INSPERATION TO MY SELF AND OTHER WOMEN YOUR TANNASITY IS SO OVERWHELMING YOU HAVE MADE IT AND YOU HAVE LIVED IT YOU GIVE ME {THE WOMAN CODE OF HONOR}.YOUR HISTORY WILL LIVE ON FOR ALL TIME THANK YOU.IVY EVELYN

Mike Anderson "Andy" said:   May 28, 2009 1:18 pm PST
Andrea, ARMY Salvage class 1972, Korea 1972 - 1974, Ft Belvoir 1974 - 1977.I never met you, but I did hear about you. Hope to meet you someday.

Dale Iannello said:   May 28, 2009 8:16 am PST
Andrea, I still remember all of the great times we had in Pohang. I feel proud to have dove with the 1st woman deep sea diver. Take care and keep in touch eh? Later,

Brian Calliari said:   May 28, 2009 7:20 am PST
Andrea the site looks great and the pictures are awesome. During my time at the detachment in Virginia, 93-97, I had heard stories about you from Gibbs, Brill, Andrews, Pagel and a few others. Would love to see more pictures! Ever consider writing a book? HOOYAH, Deep Sea!

Adam Brill said:   May 27, 2009 7:37 pm PST
Andrea, It was great working with you at Belvoir. You learn a great deal more about folks when you go TDY with them especially on tough missions like Deep Blue. Puerto Rico was one of the best. Good Luck in your future indevours.

Vicki Ragland said:   May 27, 2009 6:23 pm PST
This is a really nice Web Site. It's about time that you get some recognition. You have never ceased to amaze me. All it takes is for someone to tell you you can't do something and bingo you're doing it. A little nuts and unconventional at times but I'm proud of you sis! Love Ya.

Dean Ullock said:   May 27, 2009 6:02 pm PST
Hey Andrea, I'll never forget the bond created between all of us during those incredibly amazing,rewarding,formative few years in Pohang. We grew, experinced and leArned sooo much. I am so proud to have stood beside you and to have dove with the first US Army female diver. Who knew at the time, that you we're making Army and Army Diver history. The memories will last forever. Love to you and yours... Your buddy forever, Dean

Lee Ann Weatherman said:   May 27, 2009 11:29 am PST
Oh Shittttt!!!!!!! You really want me to sign this and say something sweet? LOL!!!! Okay here goes! The truth is..............LOL!!!! Just kidding!!!! Andrea, you really are a great person, a true friend (little loud sometimes) and I am glad to have you as mine. You are an inspiration to all the lives that you touch (some may just not know it, lol!!!) and I love you dearly. Now move your happy ass back across the street, LOL!!! PS: (Checks in the mail, right?)

Cindy Simerly said:   May 27, 2009 2:14 am PST
You are the picture of strength and endurance. I am honored to be your friend.

Brian Gibbs said:   May 26, 2009 7:00 pm PST
Sorry you couldnt make it to the reunion this year. Maybe next time. Good to see you on this site.

Jeff West said:   May 26, 2009 5:00 pm PST
Hoo Yah Deep Sea Andrea!!!! Glad to see your Photos. Brings back those memories I charish. Please send our commander (Now Halfway retired) Mark Helmkamp an invitation. I'm sure he will appriciate it like I do. salvagediver@verizon.net Thanks Your Diver Buddy Jeff West Homeland Security Policy Institute Group hspig.org

David Farber said:   May 26, 2009 4:55 pm PST
Hi Andrea, Remember me? It was a pleasure to serve with you and I was sorry to hear you had left the dive team. Best Regards PS Please send me your latest contact information and I will add you to the Army Divers Association membership roster.

chris moore said:   May 26, 2009 4:29 am PST
thank you for all that you have done for me and thank you for shapping me to become who i am today i am proud to say i know you and that your a friend

David Schall said:   May 25, 2009 4:33 pm PST
Andrea I am proud to call you my friend. I will dive or camp with you anytime:)

Cathy Summers said:   May 25, 2009 10:10 am PST
hmxb6Keep up the good work

Jeanette McCandless said:   May 24, 2009 6:49 pm PST
Thank you for all of your work and support

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