Aerial Photograph of Ocean Island

Ocean Island The island of Ocean is part of the Gilbert Island group and is located approximately 225 nautical miles southwest of Tarawa Atoll.  Ocean is a raised  atoll with a maximum elevation of 300 feet and a land mass of about three square miles.  An Australian possession prior to World War II, Ocean was occupied by approximately 500 Japanese troops in August of 1942.  Following the deportation of all but 150 native islanders to be used as forced labor, Ocean was then fortified with the usual gun emplacements to oppose any landing attempts.  Ocean remained occupied until the end of the war.  Just prior to its surrender, the Japanese garrison executed virtually all of the remaining native islanders in an attempt to eliminate witnesses to other atrocities committed there.

Map: Jane Resture - Jane Resture's Oceania Page

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