First Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman.

(Courtesy of US Marine Core History)

Next month, a U.S. marine returns home -- more than 70 years after he died. The remains of 1st Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman were recovered from a World War II battlefield earlier this year. He had been buried in a trench with many other troops who perished during the Battle of Tarawa, one of the United States' first major offensives in the Pacific theater.

Bonnyman's grandson is a freelance writer based in Boulder, and resumed the search for his great-grandfather more than six decades after his grandfather gave it up. His grandfather had bought a headstone for Bonnyman that simply read, "Buried at sea." Evans said that his family won't change the inscription.

Clay Bonnyman Evans spoke with Colorado Matters' host Ryan Warner.