July 7, 2015

“It’s gold.”

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 7:09 pm

Gold fillings and family grit helped solve the 71-year-old mystery of a veteran’s burial

First Lieutenant Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr was finally coming home.

For the better part of a century, the Medal of Honor recipient was literally lost to the chaos and carnage of World War II. His grave said “Buried at sea” but his family knew better. Sandy Bonnyman was entombed — somewhere.

The story of how Evans, a 53-year-old freelance journalist from Colorado, tracked down his grandfather’s remains is almost as incredible as Bonnyman’s heroics. It involves gunfights and flamethrowers, radar and drones, mass graves and a cadaver dog named Buster.

“It is incredible,” Evans said. “Just incredible.”

Nice story. Video at the link.

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