Butaritari

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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 (2015 est. pop. 112,000), 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 THE BLACK OF A PACIFIC NIGHT, huddled against the wall of a foxhole on Makin atoll, US Navy Ensign Merrel Clubb listened to exploding mortar shells, gunfire, screeching men in hand-to-hand combat, and charging Japanese troops shouting "banzai!" Clutching his only weapon, a large hunting knife, he also heard an invisible army corporal named Joe shout out to him every few minutes: "Clubb, Clubb, are you alright, are you still alive?" Looking back on the experience, no one would blame Clubb if he called it the worst night of his life.
After officer training on the South Bend, Indiana, campus of Notre Dame University, he was assigned shore patrol duty in San Francisco, went to San Diego for training as a naval gunfire liaison officer (an officer who landed with invasion troops and directed navy gunfire down on enemy positions), and then shipped out to the Pacific theater, traveling with marine and army troops to landings in the Aleutian Islands, Makin Atoll, Guam, and Iwo Jima.
forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.