Introduction

First African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver

Based on the Life of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Sherman Byrd

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 lead 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.