For those who may be interested in the *real* story of “The Bridges at Toko-ri” (the novel is based on the six weeks James A Michener spent on USS Essex and USS Valley Forge October 1951-February 1952). the story is in my new book, “Holding The Line: The Naval Air Campaign in Korea.”
(Spoiler alert: “Brubaker” and “Forney” were captured and survived POW camp, walking across the Freedom Bridge at Panmunjom six weeks after Paramount bought the rights to the novel and announced the movie.)
There actually was a reservist named Brubaker, who was a lawyer from Denver. LT Donald Brubaker, a Skyraider pilot in VF-154 aboard Essex.