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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Bonnyman Punchbowl Clay Bonnyman Evans

History Flight, Inc., the Florida-based nonprofit that recovered the remains of my grandfather, 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. in 2015, has to date helped resolve 50 cases of Tarawa MIAs whose names are on the Tablets of the Missing at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (aka The Punchbowl) on Oahu, Hawaii.  Thanks to Robert Rumsby for compiling the attached spreadsheet, which shows the names of 77 Tarawa MIAs that have now been identified, as well as how their remains were recovered.        ...

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SAPIENS magazine features History Flight, Clay Bonnyman Evans

A Belated Homecoming for Missing U.S. Marines Archaeologists at Florida’s History Flight have dedicated themselves to a singular quest: finding lost World War II servicemen and bringing them home. By Elizabeth Svoboda SAPIENS | 7 DEC 2017 Growing up, writer Clay Bonnyman Evans had heard all sorts of stories about his mother’s father, 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Evans’ grandfather had joined the Marines’ officer ranks during World War II, and in 1943, he learned he’d be taking part in an assault on the remote island of Betio (BAY-sho) in the South Pacific.......

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