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    Bairiki Island Tarawa Atoll Republic of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)

Location
Lat 1° 19' 0N Long 172° 58' 60E  Bairiki Island is located in Tarawa Atoll. The distance from Tarawa (Betio) to Bonriki is roughly 15 miles.

Wartime History
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.

Today
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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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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