Newly identified remains of WWII Marine heading home

HONOLULU (AP) – The recently identified remains of a Marine killed on a remote atoll in the Pacific during World War II are heading home to Tennessee.

First Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was commended for the bravery he displayed leading a 21-man team against Japanese forces during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943.

Bonnyman was among 36 unidentified Marines exhumed in Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati (keer-ih-BAHS’) earlier this year. The remains were brought to Hawaii for identification in July.

A Marine bugler played taps and a Marine color guard rendered honors for Bonnyman during a departure ceremony in Honolulu on Thursday. Bonnyman’s family plans to bury him in Knoxville on Sunday.