The US captured Tarawa Atoll from the Japanese in a battle which took place 20-23 November 1943. The landing sites was the long beach at Betio, which was split into three sections, Red Beach 1, 2 and 3. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting. Today, Red Beach 2 is obstructed by a new shipwreck, but at low tide, it's still possible to see a US Sherman tank on the bottom of the lagoon. There are many more shipwrecks further west.