Army & Navy - Northland Boom

From blood-soaked Attu in the western Aleutians to brisk, modern Anchorage on the Alaskan mainland is about 1,500 miles in space but a universe in atmosphere.

Soldiers who get "up. the chain" to the mainland once in a blue moon are amazed at the trees, the occasional sunny days, the surprising number of women (mostly Civil Service workers Or Army nurses) around town.

But nothing amazes them more than the contrast in prices. On the islands it is almost impossible to spend money—$30 cash may last a man six months—and when a post exchange does open, men will loiter around...