WWII & Korean War silver star Veteran, Billy DeVasher has lived the multifaceted kind of life that you typically only see on the big screen or read about in books. Consequently, he brought his journey to life in a book that he has entitled, “Out of the Trap.”
DeVasher's debut book that is now available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble is an inspirational story of survival, breaking free from life's traps, and ultimately experiencing victory.
Billy's personal story is about a man living in what Tom Brokaw referred to as "The Greatest Generation." The first significant entrapment DeVasher would face in life was as a Marine in the Korean war. He narrowly escaped the entrapment, but has lived to tell about it in his new book.
“The Chinese came over and cut our division,” DeVasher explains. “There were a great number of casualties. We only had a few men left after about 11 days. I don’t know how I got to be one of them that came out.”
DeVasher recalls a defining moment in his life that would ultimately lead to him becoming an inspirational author.
"Coming off of Fox Hill - I had spent six days and six nights in 40-50 degrees below 0. I knew we had a 20 mile route to go. I knew coming down that hill that out of everything in my life - nothing would compare to what I'd went through for 10 days. I knew nothing else would ever be that bad again. That was 72 years ago," shared DeVasher.
His commitment, brave service and protection of his fellow soldiers, earned him a Silver Star.
“I started recruiting. I married my high school girlfriend and got out of the Marines. I committed my life to Christ, went to school for ministry, and began preaching,” DeVasher explains.
However, the Chinese entrapment wasn't the only trap DeVasher would find himself in. Though he had beat the odds and survived one frightening entrapment, he soon found himself in an education trap, a physical addiction trap, and then the trap of greed. While serving some time in prison, DeVasher realized he needed to make that time purposeful and productive.
After telling a fellow prisoner his story, he was given encouragement to write a book. However DeVasher's book would be merely a dream for many years to come.
Through his faith in Jesus Christ, his loving family, and the strength to persevere and overcome, DeVasher escaped all traps victoriously.
“A lot of things changed, and it was all for the better. I had a real experience and encounter with God. I was then able to come home. Prison isn’t a bad thing if you have that kind of experience,” DeVasher expressed.
His book idea recently resurfaced when his wife of 61 years asked him if there was anything in particular that he still wanted to complete within his lifetime. Billy, who had never lost the desire to tell his story, told her the book was what stood out to him. Mrs. DeVasher who had previously taught English wanted to assist her husband in bringing his project to completion. Together, the pair spent a year bringing "Out of the Trap" to life.
“It was really great for our marriage. We were able to sit there and talk all the time. I wouldn’t have made it if it hadn’t been for my wife. We went back to 1943 and the John Wayne movie that ignited me to be a Marine. She was my date, and we stayed in touch,” he recalled.
As a newly published author, DeVasher wants to share his story so that he may inspire and encourage others.
"Everybody has some sort of trap in life - the goal is to get out of it and to move through it. It's a trial. He overcame Fox Hill and the other traps," shared Mrs. DeVasher.
"The biggest trap of all was this book - it went on for twenty-three years. It was 1990, when the guy told me, 'you have a story,'" added Billy.
Now that DeVasher has survived the ultimate trap, he is available for speaking engagements and interviews.
“Hopefully with this book, I can spend some time speaking, and have some appointments here and there. I want to do something worthwhile,” DeVasher said emphatically.
Head on over to Amazon to purchase "Out of the Trap."
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