An Escape that Was A Million Miles Away

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Veteran captures the action and drama of the World War II

As I add up my benefits, I have no regrets. I am proud of my army service, my chest full of medals, and what I did for my family and my country

Valiantly revisiting a harrowing yet rewarding past, author John F. Lebda puts to print his own share of the nightmarish World War II. He tells of courage, brotherhood, patriotism, and faith in God in the pages of Million Miles To Go, his new book made available through Xlibris.

When the young John waded ashore on that beach in North Africa during WW II, he had no idea he was walking into the biggest mess the world had ever seen. Caught in what seemed like a death trap, all he wanted was to find a way back home. What he found instead was a road that seemed to be a million miles long – across deserts, up mountains, over oceans and rivers, through many countries resembling hell. He knew he had the right stuff, but he also knew he had to have God on his side when the machine guns chattered, artillery crackled and bomb bursts were sent to put him down. This memoir chronicles how—amid danger, fear, and hesitation—Lebdon find a way to find salvation and purpose of his mission. It also daringly exposes how so many young men died because of blunders and how inept leadership often put them in situations where they could never win.

“As I add up my benefits, I have no regrets. I am proud of my army service, my chest full of medals, and what I did for my family and my country,” shares the author.

Poignantly crafted and peppered with wit, Million Miles To Go gives readers a firsthand look at what it was like for a young man to serve in the army away from family and loved ones. It fascinatingly captures the emotions and the striking faith that one soldier showed during one of history’s darkest moments. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
John F. Lebda was born in the coal-mining region in the hills of Pennsylvania. Before devoting himself to the defense of the world with the military, he was a hunter, trapper, woodsman, farmer, sportsman and coal miner where he was trained in the use of explosives. He was a pure outdoorsman.

Million Miles to Go * by John F. Lebda
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 149 pages; 978-1-4535-8435-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 149 pages; 978-1-4535-8436-1
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8437-8

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