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Book review: Santa Fe Reporter

Thanks to Julia Goldberg of the Santa Fe Reporter for this great review of Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II. From the review: “Evans’ quest to not just find his grandfather’s bones, but also learn the true story of his life and bring some reconciliation to his own family’s unanswered questions and grief, make for a gripping read. His journalist’s eye for detail, tenacity and obsessiveness propel this truly fascinating story.” Read the whole review here  ...

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I’m pleased to share this, the first media review of Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II, in my hometown paper, the Daily Camera, (Boulder, Colo.), written by Jenn Fields. “Through years of painstaking research and half a dozen visits to this farthest-flung of locations — and riveting writing — Evans uncovers how the story of the missing Marines of Tarawa is still unfolding, through the efforts of a handful of civilians searching for their remains,” Fields writes. I’m grateful to the Camera and Jenn for such a......

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history flight archaeologist recovers bonnyman from Tarawa

I was distressed recently to be sent a link to a story broadcast on “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network that grossly misrepresented the history of the remarkable recoveries of MIAs from the Tarawa battlefield in recent years. I’m not going to link to the story, but the headline alone—Documentary chronicles ‘JPAC’ recovery effort—demonstrated that the show couldn’t be bothered to do any actual reporting , and instead allowed someone who had virtually nothing to do with this remarkable story to brazenly take credit for work he did not participate......

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I am deeply honored to have the several outstanding writers provide “cover blurbs” for the first edition of Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II, available now for pre-order and due in bookstores July 10. It is the author’s responsibility to approach prospective blurbers, and it’s always a little awkward making such a large request of someone’s time. And then there’s always the possibility that someone won’t like the book, and will simply decline to provide a blurb. I am happy to report that every one of......

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tarawa betio tank

If you’ve ever had an interest in visiting the island where the Battle of Tarawa took place, Clay Bonnyman Evans, author of Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of WWII, will lead a tour for the 75th anniversary of the battle Nov. 18-22, 2018. Sausalito, California-based Valor Tours, Ltd. arranges all-expense trips to some of the most iconic battlefields of World War II. Evans has led two previous tours to Tarawa. Although events are still in the planning stage, the U.S. military will hold a ceremony of remembrance Nov. 20......

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Book signings and readings scheduled

I’m excited to announce that I will be doing a number of book signings and readings this summer and fall in support of Bones of My Grandfather, which will be published July 3 by Skyhorse Publishing.  Events now scheduled are: July 11 — Boulder Book Store, Boulder, Colorado July 12 — Tattered Cover Colfax, Denver July 14 — Bookworks, Albuquerque July 15 — op.cit Books, Santa Fe July 19 — Coronado Public Library, sponsored by Bay Books, Coronado, California July 26 — Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, Colorado August 1 — The......

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tarawa bonnyman memorial cross

Going through photos for the book today — there will be 20-24 photos included — I came across this. This photo was taken by LeRoy J. Kain, a Seabee (Navy Construction Battalion member) who was on Tarawa in December 1943. These were memorial crosses only, though my family (and Kain) did not know that at the time. What’s especially intriguing to me (besides the fact that my grandfather’s name is misspelled) is that two other visible names, Sidney A. Cook and John Saini, were among the 40+ remains recovered in 2015 by......

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