Roman D. Mac was born April 26, 1932 in Western Ukraine. As a young boy in Ukraine, Roman Mac witnessed the upheaval of life in his native Molodych by Nazi and Communist adversaries determined to control it. He lived through the start of World War II and joined Ukrainian Underground in 1944. By the age of twelve, he joined the Ukrainian underground, serving as a scout, special courier, and often as a terrain operational leader during armed conflict.

Even at that tender age, he understood the stakes: to win the freedom of Ukraine or die trying. Four years later, after he forced resettlement of his villagers to Poland's Recovered Territories and still wanted by the Communists for his underground activities, Mac and several comrades walked through Poland and Czechoslovakia to West Germany's American Zone, where they laid down their arms.

He emigrated United States in 1950. During Korean War Roman Mac served in the U.S. Army. In 1960, he graduated from Columbia University with BS in music.

Roman Mac and his wife Anna have two children, Motrya and Andrew. In 1985, Mac's family moved from Long Island, NY to Bethlehem, PA, where Roman, in collaboration with Martin Guitar, opened business manufacturing accessories for musical instruments. The memoir of his underground activities was published in 2009 under the title "The Winding Path to Freedom" and is top seller on His website is