BATTLE OF TARAWA
The Battle of Tarawa was the bloodiest battle fought in the Pacific. The whole battle was 72 hours long. It was considered a strategic gateway to the other Japanese held islands. It had an airstrip on it that the Japanese were building and one of the objectives was to take control of the airstrip. This is the group that went on the 1/2 day tour to visit the WWII sites. The lady in front, Teaote, was our guide.
One of several guns. This one was the most intact. This is also the place where Elder L. Tom Perry dedicated the country of Kiribati for missionary work.
The barrel of the gun that had fallen off. Visible at low tide.
|The rounded bunkers for ammunition storage, located near the guns|
|Navy & Marine memorial to those brave men who fought in the Battle of Tarawa|
|The west beach (green beach) where the Americans came ashore.|