Photo #: NH 105691
Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal
Presents twelve-year old Miss Frances Berry Bonnyman the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to her father, First Lieutenant Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., USMCR, in a ceremony at the Navy Department, 22 January 1947.
First Lieutenant Bonnyman served as Executive Officer of the Second Battalion Shore Party, Eighth Marines during the Battle of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20-22 November 1943. He bravely led his men for three days during the assault on the heavily defended Japanese position on Tarawa's Betio Island before being mortally wounded by the enemy.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.
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Image Posted 1 May 2008