Story is that the last few units sent to the Phillipines and the Aleutians were literally by a flip of the coin. The last two units included one important in my family. Much to their dismay, the troops went to Alaska for years of cold and colder, when other units got to go play with the girls in the Phillipines. It didn't work out that way. I know there is a lot of remorse among the Alaska crew - the only deaths in the Aleutian assignment were from random disease and accidents, a handfull at most. The only survivors from the unit sent to the Philippines were by blind luck and extreme determination.
I haven't read Unbroken, but will now look for it. But as a brief aside, my father was an army air corps staff sergeant in a pilot training squadron in Florida in WWII. He was also a notary and did the paperwork, wills etc. for new pilots before they were shipped out. He met up later with some of the ones who got sent to the Aleutians and they said they'd have rather been sent to the war, because they lost quite a few pilots who went up but than couldn't find their way back down in the fog.
-DX March 2002 - PSA 9.4, needle biopsy PCa 5 of 10 cores positive - 30-50%.
-RP April 2002. Pathology PT3B N0 MX Gleason=7 (3+4), 75% left lobe; small focus right lobe; lymphatic/vascular invasion.
-Post-surgery PSA low of 0.01; slow rise to 0.4 (August 2009).
-SRT Jan/Feb 2010. Enlarged lymph node near prostate bed targeted. Casodex 3 months during SRT
-PSA 0.00 Apr 2013