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Bonnyman Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Special Event
Monday, May 30th, 5pm - 7pm

National Medal of Honor Heritage Center


The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is proud to present our newest exhibit featuring Medal of Honor recipient Alexander Bonnyman Jr.

Please join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cocktails as we celebrate the unveiling of the permanent installation with special guest Clay Bonnyman Evans, grandson of Alexander Bonnyman Jr.

This event is 21+ only, please bring identification. Copy of ticket receipt is recommended but not required.


Tickets on sale now!

Individual Ticket purchased by May 25th:  $50

Individual Ticket purchased at the door:  $75

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Alexander Bonnyman Jr.

 Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Alexander Bonnyman Jr. attended Princeton University where he studied engineering and captained the university’s football team. Although he dropped out after two years, Bonnyman entered into business where he found success in copper mining while he raised a family. Granted an exemption to serve during the Second World War due to the importance of his work, Bonnyman enlisted anyway with the U.S. Marine Corps. After exceptional service at Guadalcanal, he was promoted quickly from private to second lieutenant due to his superior leadership skills.

At the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943, Alexander Bonnyman led groups of marines over the course of two days against the Japanese defenses on Betio. On the second day, Bonnyman determined to destroy an enemy fortification which had halted the marines’ advance. On the first attack, Bonnyman and his group successfully thinned the defenders’ ranks, but exhausted their ammunition. During the second advance, the lieutenant once again reached the bunker and flushed out the defenders but was killed in action as he led the attack. However, due to the actions of Bonnyman and his men, the marines were able to win the day and captured the islet.

For his actions, Alexander Bonnyman Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1947. The medal was presented to his twelve-year-old daughter Frances and the medal remained in the family’s possession for decades. In 2015, Bonnyman’s remains were located on Betio by his grandson, Clay Bonnyman Evans, and the nonprofit History Flight. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. was returned to Knoxville where he was buried with full military honors in September 2015.


Clay Bonnyman Evans

“Clay Bonnyman Evans is a freelance writer who lives in South Carolina and Colorado. In his career as a journalist, he wrote for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)  [He has] published hundreds of stories in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Denver PostMarathon &Beyond, the Coloradan, and many other publications.”

Clay is the “only living grandson of Alexander Bonnyman Jr. and in “May 2015 [he] was part of an archaeological team from History Flight, Inc., that located and recovered [his] grandfather’s remains, along with those of more than forty other Marines killed on Tarawa.”

Be sure to grab a copy of Clay’s book Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II and read about his journey to find his grandfather’s remains, his personal experiences during the search, and the life of Alexander Bonnyman Jr.

Bones of My Grandfather is on sale at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center gift shop!

Found out more about Clay, his life, and his works on his website:

Wonderland – Writing about books, hiking, the Battle of Tarawa and more (claybonnymanevans.com)


Clay will be in attendance at this special event and available to sign books for guests!


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Bonnyman Exhibit Opening

National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Monday, May 30th, 5pm - 7pm

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