Berry College will host author Clay Bonnyman Evans for a guest lecture and signing of his book, “Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Christopher Browning Pavilion at Oak Hill. U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., nephew of Martha Berry, was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in holding back Japanese forces in the Battle of Tarawa. About 1,100 Americans, including Bonnyman, and 5,000 Japanese were killed in this battle and only a fraction of the bodies have been recovered. As the only living grandson of Bonnyman, Evans traveled to Tarawa to recover the remains of his grandfather. He was accompanied by a team of archaeologists from History Flight, a nonprofit organization dedicated to locating and recovering the remains of U.S. Marines.
Bonnyman was brought home and buried in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sept. 27, 2015, with full military honors. After returning from his adventures, Evans set out to write a book detailing his grandfather’s life and legacy as well as his own adventures in bringing him home. In his book, “Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II,” Evans writes about the impact of this battle in World War II, Bonnyman’s role in the battle and the challenge of recovering his body along with over 120 other marines who died in that battle.
“Alexander Bonnyman Jr. is a member of the Berry family,” said Assistant Vice President of Campaign and Leadership Giving Scott Breithaupt. “We have long believed that all Berry family members are part of the broader Berry College family. With that in mind, the story of Alexander Bonnyman Jr. and his remains being brought back home, are important to all Berry constituents.”
Highland Rivers Health was named Region 1 Outstanding Provider for Behavioral Outpatient and Crisis Services by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at the state agency’s annual behavioral health symposium earlier this month. Highland Rivers was recognized from among dozens of behavioral health providers with which DBHDD has contracts in the 31-county area of North Georgia it designates as Region 1. “Highland Rivers is most deserving of being recognized as the outstanding provider for behavioral health outpatient and crisis services in DBHDD’s Region 1,” said Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. “This achievement took a team effort on a large scale. We congratulate you on this success and support your continued efforts to provide high quality services to individuals in the northwest region of the state.” Highland Rivers Health is one of Georgia’s 26 community service boards, agencies designated by the state as safety-net providers of treatment and recovery services for mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency operates nine outpatient clinics across its 12-county service area that provide individual, group, family and peer outpatient and intensive outpatient services for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Highland Rivers employs approximately 650 staff and serves more than 16,000 individuals annually.