Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Remembered in Tennessee
Also Remember on
The Wall of the Missing
May 02, 1910 at Atlanta, GA
Service in the US Marine Corps from New Mexico
22, 1943 at the age of 33
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
November 20 - 22, 1943
at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands
On his own
initiative when assault troops were pinned down at the far end
of Betio Pier by the overwhelming fire of Japanese shore
batteries, First Lieutenant Bonnyman repeatedly defied enemy
bombardment to organize and lead the besieged men over the long,
open pier to the beach. Obtaining flame throwers and
demolitions, he organized a shore party into assault
demolitionists and directed the blowing of several hostile
installations. Determined to effect an opening in the enemy's
strongly organized defense line the next day, he crawled 40
yards forward of our lines and placed demolitions in the
entrance of a large Japanese emplacement. Withdrawing only to
replenish his ammunition, he led his men in a renewed assault,
exposing himself to hostile fire as he stormed the formidable
bastion, directed the placement of demolition charges and seized
the top of the bombproof position, flushing more than 100 of the
enemy who were instantly cut down, and effecting the
annihilation of approximately 150 troops inside the emplacement.
Assailed by additional Japanese after he had gained his
objective, he made a heroic stand on the edge of the structure,
defending his strategic position with indomitable determination
killing three of the enemy before he fell, mortally wounded.