1° 19' 0N Long 172° 58' 60E Bairiki Island is located in Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands). To the northwest is Tarawa Island (Betio Island) and roughly 15 miles to the west is Bonriki Island.
Lt. Col Ray Murray's 2nd Battalion. 6th landed
on the island at 16:55 on November 20, 1943. USN fighters and dive bombers
straffed and bombed the island preceeding the landing. The island was
quickly secured with little resistance. Only a small force of Japanese
defenders was on the island, and many perished in the air strike. On
D+2, Marines established their artillery from the 2nd Battalion 10th
was landed by boats on Bairiki to provide support for the fighting on Betio, and afterwards a field hospital
for the wounded of the campaign.
Bairiki Island is the capital of Kiribati. The central government offices, Parliament
building, President's Office and Residence, central post office, bank,
library and archives, and various other official buildings including
the Air Kiribati Travel Agency.
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October 18, 2018