By Clay Bonnyman Evans
In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. used to be mortally wounded whereas major a profitable attack on serious jap fortifications at the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. however it was once no longer until eventually August 2015 that he used to be ultimately laid to leisure.
Bonnyman Jr. was once posthumously provided the Medal of Honor and red center for his heroic activities throughout the bloody conflict, which might eventually declare the lives of just about 2,000 Marines and 5,000 eastern squaddies. however the lieutenant, in addition to 1000s of different Marines, was once buried in an unmarked grave. He was once left in the back of and his is still by no means recovered.
greater than seventy years later, Bonnyman Jr.'s grandson, Clay Bonnyman Evans, took up the hunt for his grandfather and people different Marines left in the back of. In Bones of My Grandfather, Evans tells the tale of his venture opposed to all odds. His trip begun at domestic, the place learn into his grandfather’s previous exposed a improper hero with a checkered previous at odds with the narrative he’d been informed. out of the country, his first visits to Tarawa will be fruitless, pissed off via nature, bureaucratic purple tape, and the USA government's personal stagnant look for the Marines.
yet with the aid of archaeologist Kristin Baker and Mark Noah, a former pilot who leads foreign efforts to find misplaced American servicemen as a part of his heritage Flight charitable origin, Evans comprehensive his undertaking. On could 29, 2015, Clay Bonnyman Evans exhumed the bones of his grandfather. greater than seventy years after giving his existence for his kingdom, a global battle II hero was once eventually buried along his kinfolk in Texas.
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