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1942, the South Pacific. The New Year finds USS Enterprise and her crew of 2,000 men preparing to deliver greetings to the Japanese, in the form of torpedo bombers and fighter planes. With last month's attack on Pearl Harbor still fresh in the minds of the American aviators, they've decided that revenge is a dish best served piping hot.
Harold Dixon, Tony Pastula, and Gene Aldrich landed on the island of Pukapuka on February 20th, 1942, having spent 34 days on the Pacific. They had sailed their raft more than a thousand miles.
Dixon was awarded the Navy Cross for leading his crew to safety. He never flew another combat mission.
The injuries Tony suffered prevented him from making the Navy his career. Upon his death in 1986, his ashes were scattered at sea.
Gene served out the war as a radioman. In 1946 he married Tony's sister, Frances.
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