Clay Bonnyman Evans
Lt. Roy H. Elrod USMC at Tarawa
Tue May 7, 2019 06:17

I was privileged to be able to interview Roy for my book about my grandfather, 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., "Bones of My Grandfather." Roy gave me a bird's-eye view of my grandfather's final moments atop the bunker, from Roy's position as gunner on the south door.

Like you, I was fascinated to hear from Roy that a shell strike exposed the ventilation shafts atop the bunker, which facilitated Bonnyman's plan to take the position.

I was very sad that Roy died in 2016, before the book was published. He was truly a linchpin in helping me understand my grandfather's story.

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