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Kiribati

The memorial to 22 New Zealand, British, and Australian coastwatchers on Betio Island, Tarawa atoll, Kiribati. The seventeen New Zealand coastwatchers and five civilians were captured by the Japanese in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) early in World War II and held prisoner on Tarawa, where they were murdered on 15 October 1942. The memorial reads, in part, “Standing unarmed at their posts, they matched brutality with gallantry, and met death with fortitude.” Photo courtesy of the US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.