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Bones of my grandfather : reclaiming a lost hero of World War II

Author: Clay Bonnyman Evans
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
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"War, reclamation, and what Tim O'Brien called "the Lives of the Dead" are eternal literary themes for men. Clay Bonnyman Evans has honored that lineage with this masterful melding of military history and personal quest."--Ron Powers, co-author of New York Times #1 bestsellers Flags of Our Fathers and True Compass, along with No One Cares About Crazy People and others In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)1000356163
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Clay Bonnyman Evans
ISBN: 9781510730625 1510730621
OCLC Number: 1042410261
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Prologue: January 1944; One: Unknown Hero; Two: Unknown Island; Three: Paradise Lost; Four: Restless Spirit; Five: Render Up the Bodies; Six: First Landing; Seven: Disillusionment and Doubt; Eight: Rough and Ready; Nine: Digging Deeper; Ten: Proud to Claim the Title; Eleven: Bitter Pills; Twelve: Bone Show; Thirteen: Inferno; Fourteen: Kaleidoscope; Fifteen: Requiem; Sixteen: Seventy Years and Counting; Seventeen: Left Behind; Eighteen: Striking Gold; Nineteen: Ripples; Twenty: Tender Hands; Twenty-One: Conspicuous Gallantry Twenty-Two: To Home Soil WaitingAfterword; Acknowledgments; Works Consulted; Endnotes; Index; Plates
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"War, reclamation, and what Tim O'Brien called "the Lives of the Dead" are eternal literary themes for men. Clay Bonnyman Evans has honored that lineage with this masterful melding of military history and personal quest."--Ron Powers, co-author of New York Times #1 bestsellers Flags of Our Fathers and True Compass, along with No One Cares About Crazy People and others 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 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 and 5,000 Japanese forces. But Bonnyman's remains, along with those of hundreds of other Marines, were hastily buried and lost to history following the battle, and it would take an extraordinary effort by a determined group of dedicated civilians to find him. 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., a non-governmental organization dedicated to finding and repatriating the remains of lost U.S. service personnel. In Bones of My Grandfather, Evans tells the remarkable story of History Flight's mission to recover hundreds of Marines long lost to history in the sands of Tarawa. Even as the organization begins to unearth the physical past on a remote Pacific island, Evans begins his own quest to unearth the reclaim the true history of his grandfather, a charismatic, complicated hero whose life had been whitewashed, sanitized and diminished over the decades. 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.

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