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Bones of My Grandfather

Reclaiming a Lost Hero of WWII
Narrated by: Clay Bonnyman Evans
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: History, Military
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A grandson’s quest to bring a fallen war hero home.

In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on critical Japanese fortifications on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. But it was not until August 2015 that he was finally laid to rest. 

Bonnyman Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for his heroic actions during the bloody battle, which would ultimately claim the lives of almost 2,000 Marines and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. But the lieutenant, along with hundreds of other Marines, was buried in an unmarked grave. He was left behind and his remains never recovered.

More than seventy years later, Bonnyman Jr.'s grandson, Clay Bonnyman Evans, took up the search for his grandfather and those other Marines left behind. In Bones of My Grandfather, Evans tells the story of his mission against all odds. His journey began at home, where research into his grandfather’s past uncovered a flawed hero with a checkered past at odds with the narrative he’d been told. Abroad, his first visits to Tarawa would be fruitless, frustrated by nature, bureaucratic red tape, and the US government's own stagnant search for the Marines. 

But with the help of archaeologist Kristin Baker and Mark Noah, a former pilot who leads international efforts to locate lost American servicemen as part of his History Flight charitable foundation, Evans accomplished his mission. On May 29, 2015, Clay Bonnyman Evans exhumed the bones of his grandfather. More than seventy years after giving his life for his country, a World War II hero was finally buried alongside his family in Texas.

©2018 Clay Bonnyman Evans (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • h2orescuedude
  • 01-08-2018

heroism is genetic

I too am looking for a loved one. Reading this gave me perspective and hope!

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  • Laura Parker
  • 16-09-2020

An Amazing Journey

I’ve been interested in learning about WWII for many years. I’m not sure where my interest came from other than being an American. I also had an uncle I never met that was in the Battan Death March. He made it home but died a year later of tuberculosis. This book has touched my heart in many ways. I commend the author/grandson for his journey, his resilience and endeavor to bring his Grandfather home. His grandfather would be proud. Thank you for sharing your remarkable journey. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-2019

True history/real lives

What a story! What a history! What a journey! Your research and your honest examination of real lives and true history is compelling and remarkable.

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  • Nigel
  • 10-05-2019

Fantastic Book

absolutely brilliant book and story, why isn't this a film...??? a true story, maybe Hollywood couldn't justify this! Clay Bonnyman Evans gives everything to this book, story and his Grandfathers memory, who would be truly proud of his Grandson. Clay also is an excellent narrator.... buy this book...!!!!!