July 24, 2017: Happy Birthday, Amelia!

Dear Amelia,

Just wanted to drop you a short note to let you know a few of us are thinking about you on what would be your 120th birthday, had you not run into a spot of bad luck on your round-the-world flight and were still with us at the fairly advanced age of 120I’m sure the recent events surrounding the phony claims about the photo of the Jaluit dock have amused you, though some of us down here find it a bit harder to laugh at all the absurdity, which of course is the most appropriate response.

Amelia Earhart in a simpler, happier time, before she found airplanes and G.P. Putnam to complicate her life.

You might be spending the day at the house of your birth in Atchison, Kansas, which is now a museum where nearly everyone hates and denies the truth about your tragic demise.  Some of the more suggestible among them have even convinced themselves that you’re still out there, flying “north and south” in the ether — alive, well and still lost at 120. Most of the others are happy to believe the lies our government and the ever-present “theorists” have been telling about you and Fred Noonan for 80 years — anything to avoid the unpleasant truth that’s been staring them in the face for so long. Talk about elephants in the room!

We know better here, and will continue to honor you by continuing to seek and tell only the truth, exposing the lies and doing our utmost to secure Fred Goerner’s “justice of truth” for you and Fred Noonan. It’s a war I can’t win by myself, but want you to know I’m still here, fighting the good fight, and hope to see you someday in a better place.

Until then, Happy Birthday, Amelia!

11 responses

  1. William H. Trail | Reply

    One can only imagine the gut wrenching fear and uncertainty AE must have felt in the hands of brutal Japanese captors on her 40th and, sadly, last birthday.

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  2. Happy Birthday from me, too, Ms. Earhart! I would make sure we had a 3D cake decorated to look exactly like your Electra and gallons of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, too. Maybe you and Fred are lifting a toast and laughing over the high drama perpetrated over all these decades about the two of you? I bet FDR is not invited to your party. Maybe he is there in the form of a piñata? I bet Eleanor would like a swing at him, too. I hope for your sakes that you have found suitable adventures to engage you: I would thinking observing the 3-Stooges-In-Game-Of-Thrones that passes for commonplace reality here would drive a person to . . . Stop watching?

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  3. Happy Birthday Amelia.

    I hope it is some small comfort that there are still people who care enough to seek the truth about what happened on 2 July 1937 to you and Fred, however long that may take.

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  4. Mike, it was uncanny to open your email this afternoon, and find 3 pictures I had posted earlier on my Facebook wall. … I respect the content of what you write so much that I thought you might find my 3 separate FB postings in keeping with yours. … In 1981, while conducting a “Wiley Post” 50th anniversary RTW flight in a A36 Bonanze, I landed at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. … Being so close to Howland meant that she was often in my thoughts. … I gladly join you today with . . .


    AMELIA EARHART as a Girl. … Born July 24, 1897, Atchison KS. … who experienced FAME, FORTUNE, and FAILURE, but still FIRST in the hearts of many. … Your government may have FORGOTTEN you, letting you die at the hands of their enemies, but your FRIENDS didn’t. … For 80 years they searched until they FOUND you. … HAPPY 120th BIRTHDAY, AMELIA.

    [Her picture as a girl.]

    AMELIA as a Nurse. … Her heart was as big as her dreams. … Born July 24, 1937, a nurse who got her wings.

    [Her picture as a Nurse]

    AMELIA as a Pilot. … She celebrated her 40th birthday in a Japanese jail on Saipan, July 24, 1937, abandoned by her government, and punished by their enemies. … a humiliating, shameful indignity for one who wanted only to achieve and succeed.

    [Her picture in that leather jacker.]

    Keep up the good work, Mike.

    Calvin Pitts [retired airline captain] – calvinpitts@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Calvin. Great minds think alike. The photo of Amelia at Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto as a nurse in 1917 is among my very favorites. She truly did have a huge heart of gold.

      Thanks for your support, we’re honored to have you with us.



      1. Mike,


        Unfortunately, the following did not get posted under “AMELIA as a Pilot.” … It should have continued as . . . “… With a serious case of dysentery & diarrhea from Jap food (contaminated soup), imagine the indignity this most famous female pilot in the world felt having to live in the same small space as a concrete hole for a toilet. … … What FDR’s knowing decision did to her by refusing to come to her rescue is beyond imagination. … She and Noonan were the 1st American casualties of WW2, knowingly caused by FDR’s personal decision. … His war-decision did not ease her pain as she suffered for 14 months at the hands of barbaric Japs. … They were not like modern Japanese. … They were trained according to the Samurai code to be exceedingly cruel to their enemies. … And Amelia was the undeserving victim of that cruelty.”

        Warmest regards,


  5. Happy 120th Birthday Amelia.

    A poem for *YOU –

    So gracious has been her submission, to the great trouble to which she has been subjected and so unselfish her work; that we are reminded of the summing up of the character Lucile.
    The mission of genius on Earth! To uplift, purify and confirm by it’s own gracious gift.
    The world, in despite of it’s dull endeavor, to degrade, drag down and oppose it forever. The mission of genius: to watch and to wait, to renew, to redeem and to regenerate.
    The mission of woman on earth! Born to nurse and to soothe and to solace, to help and to heal, the sick world that leans on her.

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  6. Mike, I’ve heard some people say that the Japanese capture theory has been debunked by U.S. military records from 1945 stating that the Marshall Islands were not militarized until after 1941, therefore, there was no reason for the Japanese to keep Earhart prisoner or execute her as a spy. I’m not convinced of this but here’s the information:

    The Japanese capture theory is completely debunked by a U.S. Government report.
    The theory that the Japanese captured and killed Earhart because they thought she was a spy and might have seen military preparations in the Marshall Islands is completely debunked by American military documents. For this theory to have any validity there must have been military facilities that Earhart might have seen on her flight so she had to be killed to keep her from giving that information to the the U.S. The problem with this theory, and why it is completely untenable, is that there were NO Japanese facilities in the area in 1937 for Earhart to have seen.

    The Japanese did not even decide to start building facilities in the Marshalls until 1940 and the construction did not actually begin until 1941, four years after Earhart disappeared.
    See pages 30 & 31, of attached U.S. military report available at http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/8821730 This report was prepared in 1945 by U.S. intelligence agents who were on the ground, could view for themselves the
    constructions, read the captured Japanese documents and interview the natives while the memories were fresh in their minds, not 81 years later.
    In 1935 there were only 5 Japanese and 515 natives on Mili. They didn’t start building the airbase on Mili until April 1942, five years after Earhart, page 48.

    They did not start construction of military facilities on Jaluit until May 1941, four years after Earhart, page 55, 68 & 69.

    And I am tired of hearing from many that the Japanese were scared that the outside world would find out that they were militarizing the mandated islands (if they had been in Earhart’s time but not actually until 4 years later) and so were driven to kill Earhart in case she had seen such evidence (which was not even possible since such constructions did not start in the southern Mandates until four years later.) The Japanese “must have been shaking in their boots!” The Japanese received a “Mandate” to administer the islands, previously owned by Germany, in 1919 from the League of Nations. This Mandate included prohibitions on militarization of the islands. But, and this is what everybody ignores, Japan walked out of the League of Nations in 1933 and didn’t care about world opprobrium over its much larger crimes when it invaded Manchuria in 1931. They couldn’t have cared less about any League of Nations criticisms if they had been militarizing the Mandates. There was no police force or military force in the League of Nations, it was a toothless tiger as the Japanese demonstrated, it was even more feckless than the United Nations (I know that is hard to believe) that was set up to replace the even weaker League of Nations.


    I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this as this completely disregards all the eye witness testimony, which forms the bulk of the real evidence we have for what really happened to Amelia and Fred. How can the eye witness testimony be dismissed so arbitrarily?


    1. Re. eyewitness testimony, see https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-the-eyes-have-it/ (for example). On the other hand, the fact that the Japanese had not yet fortified the Marshalls doesn’t necessarily mean they couldn’t have wound up with Earhart in captivity; accidents happen.

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    2. It matters not at all what the Japanese were doing or not doing in various locations in the Marshall Islands. Granted, nothing much of a military nature was happening at Mili Atoll in 1937. But the entire area was off limits to Westerners at the time, especially Westerners in airplanes that may have overflown Truk Atoll, to the north-northeast of Lae, where the Japanese were busy building up their “Gibraltar of the Pacific.” Recall when the fliers were taken to Saipan, the Japanese told the local Saipanese that they called the lady flier “Tokyo Rosa,” which meant “Spy Lady,” because that’s how they perceived her. Recall also that Michiko Sugita, as the 11-year-old daughter of the Japanese civilian chief of police on Saipan, was told by her father that it was a shame that Amelia had to be executed, but that she “came here to carry on her duties as spy, it cannot be helped that she be executed.” (p. 109 TAL 2nd Ed.)

      Enemies of the truth about the sad end of the fliers have shown that they’re willing to seize on any pretense to deny it. It’s really quite a pathetic spectacle, but one I’ve seen countless times in 30 years on this story.

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      1. Thanks for this Mike. Many of the alternative hypotheses suffer from a fatal flaw in that they all disregard out of hand the eye witness testimony. Indeed, in order for their hypotheses to be believed the witnesses cannot be considered for one moment to be telling the truth. Such a presumption is hardly the attitude of serious researchers. While im well aware that eye witness testimony isn’t 100% reliable (as per comment above), when there are such a range of witnesses and they are all essentially telling the same story it is difficult to say they are all making it up or simply mistaken in what they saw. As an historian I find the eye witness accounts compelling. When you consider the eye witness accounts versus what TIGHAR have discovered or more precisely not discovered there isn’t really any contest.
        Michiko Sugitas account is, as you say, quite specific in asserting that the Japanese thought she was a spy and again this was a common point mentioned by multiple witnesses.
        Ultimately, as you say, it matters not what stage of preparedness the Japanese were at in the Marshall Islands at this stage; the point is they were preparing for war in some way or another and didn’t want anyone snooping around whether by accident or design.
        I think you’ve done an amazing job bringing this all together.
        Out of interest are you going to be appearing on the Chasing Earhart podcast? If not I think they should get in contact with you.
        I listened to the interview with Ric Gillespie today but I remain extremely skeptical of TIGHAR’s claims. I just don’t see that they have any evidence upon which to base the hypothesis they borrowed from Fred Hooven.


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