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Butaritari

(bətärē`tärē), also known as Makin (mā`kĭn, mŭg`ĭn), triangular atoll (4.5 sq mi/11.7 sq km; 1990 pop. 3,786), central Pacific, in the Gilbert IslandsGilbert Islands,
group of 16 islands, central Pacific, one of the island groups that form the Republic of Kiribati. The group includes Tarawa, Butaritari, Makin, Little Makin, Marakei, Abaiang, Maiana, Abemama, Kuria, and Aranuka in the north; Nonouti and Tabiteuea in the
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 and part of the Republic of KiribatiKiribati
, officially Republic of Kiribati (2005 est. pop. 103,000), 342 sq mi (886 sq km), consisting of 33 islands scattered across 2,400 mi (3,860 km) of the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
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. The town of Butaritari on the southernmost islet is a port of entry. Butaritari became a part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in 1915. During World War II it was the first central Pacific island to be regained by the Allies (Nov., 1943). Butaritari was formerly called Pitt Island.
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In November 2000, CILHI identified remains of 19 marines killed on Butaritari Island in the Makin Atoll, including Sergeant Clyde Thomason, the first enlisted marine awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.