My avatar is dedicated to the coastwatchers that were murdered on Betio, Tarawa, Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) I have travelled to Kiribati many times on business over the past 16 years. This is where the American Pacific forces learnt their first lesson in routing the Japanese from fortress like entrenchments in the pacific islands on their way to Japan. While many may be aware of the famous Battle of Tarawa in which over 1,100 US Marines and nearly 4,700 Japanese died over three days between 20–22 November 1943....It is said that only 25 Japanese survived. (Wounded too badly to continue the fight one would believe) DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL: BETIO, TARAWA, KIRIBATI — 11 NOVEMBER 2002 A memorial commemorating the execution of 22 British subjects, mostly coast watchers, by the Japanese military in October 1942 was unveiled by the President of the Republic of the Republic of Kiribati, HE Mr Teberoro Tito, in Tarawa on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2002. The imposing 2.4 metre high stainless steel memorial is located at the Temakin Cemetery on Betio, part of Tarawa atoll, and commemorates the murder of the men 60 years ago on 15 October 1942, by the Japanese who had occupied the Gilbert (Kiribati) and Ellice Islands (Tuvalu) Colony. Two Australians are listed as victims on the memorial in addition to three from Great Britain and 17 from New Zealand. View attachment 299 Eyewitness accounts record that the men commemorated by the memorial were executed (beheaded) following an American air raid on Betio.