Butaritari


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Butaritari

Butaritari (bətärēˈtärē), also known as Makin (māˈkĭn, mŭgˈĭn), triangular atoll (4.5 sq mi/11.7 sq km), central Pacific, in the Gilbert Islands and part of the Republic of Kiribati. 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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Material examined.--GILBERT ISLANDS (= Kiribati): Butaritari [3[degrees]05'N, 172[degrees]49'E]: 2 [male], Butaritari, December 1957, N.L.H.
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.
That has ceased to be the issue in Butaritari, where Stevenson believes he has found "cultural authenticity" (and Smith seems to accept as much herself, without much evidence beyond Stevenson's account), but where the key interpretive issue becomes "the two sides of the trader's contract: the allegiance to empire, and involvement in the local politics of cultural performance" (125).
Principal battles: Aisne-Marne, Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne (1918); Makin (Butaritari) (1943); Eniwetok (Enewetak) (1944).
Clyde Thomason--the first enlisted Marine to earn the Medal of Honor in WWII--killed on Butaritari Island, August 1942.