Book Signing and Author Talk
"Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of WWII"
by Clay Bonnyman Evans
July 19th at 6:30pm in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library
In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. The brutal, bloody 76-hour battle would ultimately claim the lives of more than 1,100 Marines.
But Bonnyman's remains, along with those of hundreds of other Marines, were hastily buried and lost to history following the battle.
In 2010, having become disillusioned with the U.S. government's half-hearted efforts to recover the "lost Marines of Tarawa," Bonnyman's grandson, Clay Bonnyman Evans, was privileged to join the efforts of History Flight, Inc. Evans tells the remarkable story of History Flight's mission to recover hundreds of Marines long lost to history in the sands of Tarawa.
On May 29, 2015, Evans knelt beside a History Flight archaeologist as she uncovered the long-lost, well-preserved remains of of his grandfather. And more than seventy years after giving his life for his country, a World War II hero finally came home.
His new novel, "Bones of My Grandfather", gives us an inside look into this powerful and emotional journey.
Clay Bonnyman Evans has worked on the staffs of numerous papers, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) He has earned high honors in national and regional contests for feature and investigative reporting and wrote a weekly column from 1993 to 2007, continuing bi-weekly as a freelancer from 2007 to 2014. He has published three books and hundreds of freelance articles.
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