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Quiet Strong

First African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver
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Quiet Strong by Cynthia Byrd Conner
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A teenager, tired of living by Jim Crow laws in the southern state of Mississippi, seeks to find out God's purpose for his life. The youngest son of sharecroppers, Sherman Byrd watched and waited for a sign. A series of events pointed him in a direction few Negroes had traveled before. Death loomed all around. Determined to walk by faith and not by sight, Byrd's journey unexpectedly leads him down a path where he became a pioneer in one of the most dangerous jobs known to mankind. Disarming bombs!A silent oath, a vow unspoken, explosive ordnance disposal divers do not tell war stories. It is the Sovereignty of God that unleashes truth that cannot stay buried beneath the test of time. Selfless sacrifices and epic feats burst forth like lava from a volcano. Now, is the appointed time to share the life story of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Sherman Byrd, the first African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver in the United States Navy.

Author Biography

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. You may contact Cindy at Cynthia Byrd Conner, 731 Duval Station Road, Suite 107-155, Jacksonville, FL 32218, or email her at
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April 21st, 2018
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