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    Buariki Island Tarawa Atoll Republic of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)

Location
Lat 1° 28' 60S Long 175° 4' 0E  Located at the northern tip of Tarawa Atoll.

History
The final battle of the Tarawa campaign occured here on November 26, 1943, when the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines fought the Battle of Buariki, where the entire surviving Japanese force of 156, who had escaped Bieto and were trapped at Buariki, fought to the death. The Marines lost 34 killed, and 56 wounded.

Japanese Mass Grave
A mass grave containing a large number of Japanese human remains was discovered in May 1991. The location of this site was about 1.5 km east of the village of Buariki and near the northern ocean shore of the atoll. Thanks to Stan Gajda for this information.

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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