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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Military
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Part One of a Trilogy
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:170
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9780997790689

Quiet Strong

First African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

by Cynthia Conner

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Overview
Tired of living by Jim Crow laws in the southern state of Mississippi, teenager Sherman Byrd wants nothing more than to discover God's purpose for his life. The youngest son of sharecroppers, determined to walk by faith and not by sight, Byrd's journey leads him down a path where he becomes a pioneer in one of the most dangerous jobs known to mankind.
Description
Tired of living by Jim Crow laws in the southern state of Mississippi, teenager Sherman Byrd wants nothing more than to discover God's purpose for his life. The youngest son of sharecroppers, determined to walk by faith and not by sight, Byrd's journey leads him down a path where he becomes a pioneer in one of the most dangerous jobs known to mankind.A silent oath. A vow unspoken. Explosive ordnance disposal divers do not tell war stories. But the truth cannot stay buried. The life story of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Sherman Byrd, the first African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver in the United States Navy, is as candid as it is fascinating.
About the author
Cynthia Byrd Conner is the daughter of Sherman and Louise Byrd. Recently retired, she was employed by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center. A Management and Program Analyst, she has over 25 years of experience in ship maintenance and repair. A graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), Cindy completed the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. Cindy is a member of the Organization of Black Maritime Graduates, a 501(c)3 organization that, educates, mentors, and provides scholarships for minorities from all over the world, to attend the State University of New York Maritime College. She is also a member of the Florida Writers Association and the Military Writers Society of America. Married to Alton M. Conner for over thirty years, they continue to joyfully strive to fulfill God's will for their lives. God has blessed them with a daughter, son, son-in-law, and granddaughter. They all reside in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida.
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