Betio, Tarawa, Kiribati — Pacific Ocean Island Nation (Central Tropical Region)
Betio Memorial Tarawa
murdered by the Japanese at Betio on the
15th of October 1942.
Standing unarmed to their posts,
they matched brutality with gallantry
and met death with fortitude.
R G Morgan ∙ B Cleary ∙ I R Handley ∙ A M McArthur ∙ A L Sadd ∙ A C Heenan ∙ J J McCarthy ∙ H R C Hearn ∙ A E Mckenna ∙ A L Taylor ∙ T C Murray ∙ C A Pearsall ∙ L B Speedy ∙ C J Owen ∙ D H Howe ∙ R J Hitchon ∙ R Jones ∙ R A Ellis ∙ C A Kilpin ∙ J H Nichol ∙ W A R Parker ∙ R M McKenzie.
The victims were New Zealand coastwatchers, Australians and British.
Location. 1° 21.234′ N, 172° 55.359′ E. Marker is in Betio, Tarawa. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Tarawa Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); New Zealand Memorial to U.S. Marines and Navy (approx. 0.8 kilometers away).
Regarding Betio Memorial Tarawa. These unarmed coast watchers were taken prisoner by the Japanese and later beheaded after an American counterattack on Betio during World War II.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.