John – no sweat.
Vicki – glad you read the epilogue, and yeah, historically things were pretty bad if you got abandoned in the Philippines. Some US troops were able to take to the hills and hide, or carry out guerrilla warfare, but that was mostly in southern PI, and even most of them didn’t make it.
Regarding getting attached to the characters, I certainly do, that’s the fun of it. It might even make me cheat every now and again, just a little bit 😉