Here are links to three new stories about History Flight’s discovery of the remains of some three dozen Marines killed in the battle of Tarawa, Nov. 20-23, 1943. Among the remains positively identified are those of First Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., my grandfather.
WWII Marines’ remains finally home, CNN, July 30, 2015
Boulder Man Perseveres In Effort To Find Body Of His Marine Great-Grandfather, Colorado Matters with Ryan Warner, KCFR, Colorado Public Radio, Aug. 3, 2015
Remains of fallen Marines to be returned to families, FOX News, July 29, 2015
Marines killed in WWII battle back on U.S. soil, Stars and Stripes (via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which did not post the story), July 26, 2015
Remains of WWII Marine ‘Sandy’ Bonnyman Jr. with ties to Rome are on the way home, Northwest Georgia News (Rome), Aug. 1, 2015
Remains of 36 unidentified Marines from WWII battle being returned from remote Pacific atoll, U.S. News & World Report, July 27, 2015