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New Radcliff veterans center dedicated to African-American master diver who 'never quit'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new veterans center in Radcliff was dedicated to the U.S. Navy's first-ever African-American master diver Thursday.

Master Chief Carl M. Brashear grew up in Hardin County. He joined the Navy in 1948 shortly after it desegregated. Overcoming poverty, racism and only a seventh grade education, he went on to become the Navy's first-ever African American master diver.

On Thursday, state officials, family and friends were all in Radcliff for the ceremony dedicating the center in his honor.

"My father had plenty opportunities to quit ... but you don't quit," said Chief Warrant Officer Phillip Brashear, Carl Brashear's son. "And that's why we are remembering him today. That's why this place is honoring his legacy, because he never quit. And for the veterans that come through here, you can't help but understand that if he didn't quit, you don't quit. This place is going to take care of you."

Brashear died of respiratory and heart failure back in 2006.

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