US 165th Infantry lands at Butaritari, Makin Atoll,
Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943
(US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Nov. 20,
1943: In Gilberts, US Army
and Marines land on Betio in Tarawa Atoll and Makin, and take Makin the same day. New
song in Top Ten: “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma!