Tarawa veterans give thumbs-up to ‘Bones of My Grandfather’

Tarawa veterans give thumbs-up to 'Bones of My Grandfather'

Col. Elwin B. Hart

Two living veterans of the battle of Tarawa have offered words of praise for Clay Bonnyman Evans’ new book, Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II.

“Finished reading your excellent treatise on your remarkable finally successful effort to locate your grandfather. I learned a lot from your book. I had no idea how difficult it had been for Mark Noah and his wonderful group of volunteers in History Flight to finally wade through the DOD/POW bureaucracy. As you know I (a buck Sgt. at the time) landed on the same beach (Red Beach 3) as your Grandfather, landing about 9 am on D-Day. Major Jim Crowe became nervous over all the pile up on the beach. My boat full of communicators had to follow him in. The water was at least five feet deep and I have never understood why we were dropped off that far out. I was about 5’9” and the water hit my mouth. I have never figured out how my buddy Rabbit (5’4”) got ashore. Your book should be of tremendous interest to all WW II history buffs and I’m sure it will be a must read for a much wider audience. In any event I offer my sincere congratulations for a book well done. It is definitely one of my best reads!” — Col. Elwin B. Hart, USMC, retired

Wendell V. Perkins

“I finished the book, Clay. Excellent, sir! An engrossing, poignant story with a pleasant ending. Well researched. And you’ve given well deserved kudos to History Flight for their remains recovery efforts. Bringing home the lost Marines of Tarawa.” — Wendell V. Perkins, machine gunner at Tarawa with weapons platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division

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