Finally, some good Earhart news from Saipan

On Feb. 8 an alert reader, Ken McGhee, informed me about an amazing story he’d seen on the website of the Marianas Variety (Micronesia’s Leading Newspaper Since 1972) titled “Group to build Amelia Earhart monument on Saipan.”  The headline captures the essence of this most unexpected and welcome news, and I’ve reproduced the story, which appeared on Feb. 7, as closely as possible below, or you can view the original article by clicking here.  All shading and boldface emphasis is mine throughout.

“Group to build Amelia Earhart monument on Saipan”

07 Feb 2018
By Junhan B. Todiño – junhan@mvariety.com – Variety News Staff

AN Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument will be constructed near the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

The monument committee, which was formed in Sept. 2017, is led by Rep. Donald Barcinas (Republican, Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature) who is now seeking funds for the project. “We need at least $200,000 for the project,” he told the Rotary Club of Saipan during a meeting on Tuesday.

He said the project will further enhance Saipan as a Pacific tourist destination.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and was one of the most famous Americans of her day. In July 1937, she and navigator Fred Noonan were trying to circumnavigate the world aboard a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a twin-engine, all-metal monoplane, when they disappeared somewhere in the South Pacific.

Local architect Herman Cabrera shows Rotarians an artist’s rendition of the proposed monument for Amelia Earhart. (Photo by Junhan B. Todiño for Marianas Variety.)

At the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at Giovanni’s Restaurant on Tuesday, memorial committee member Herman Cabrera, a local architect, said the monument will be an 18-foot bronze statue of Earhart.

In an interview, Barcinas said they will reach out to the Legislature, the governor’s office and organizations such as the Rotary Club for funding assistance.

He said they have also met with the Marianas Visitors Authority to discuss the committee’s plan.

Memorial committee secretary Frances Sablan said she joined the group after learning about the many “theories” that try to explain Earhart’s disappearance.

Marie Soledad C. Castro, who mentioned Earhart’s disappearance in her 2014 memoirs titled “Without a Penny in My Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After WWII,” said the monument will announce to the world that Earhart was on Saipan in 1937.  Castro was 4 years old at the time.

She told Rotarians about her interview in 1983 with Matilde Arriola who, Castro said, met Earhart when the aviator was detained by the Japanese authorities on island.  According to Arriola, Castro said, Earhart died of dysentery.  The body was cremated, Castro added, quoting a Japanese agriculture instructor who married a Saipan resident.  “There was no Japanese cemetery at that time,” Castro said.

Marie Soledad C. Castro holds a copy of her memoirs as she as speaks to Rotarians about the stories she has heard about Amelia Earhart’s detention on Saipan. (Photo by Junghan B. Todiño, for Marianas Variety.)

“There is strong evidence that Earhart was here on Saipan,” she added. (End of Marianas Variety story.)

Indeed there is, Marie, and most sincere thanks for having the fortitude to stand up and tell your Saipan countrymen about some of this mountain of evidence that attests to Amelia’s presence and lonely, miserable death on Saipan, abandoned by a president whose checkered legacy continues to require the protection of a cowardly, dishonest media to protect it from falling into historic disrepute.  As the elderly population of Saipan dwindles with each day, the island’s cultural heritage continues to degrade, and without some new injection of the true history of the island into the community, Saipan will be no different than anywhere else, completely ignorant of the Earhart truth.  The proposed Earhart monument is exactly what is needed.

The day after I was informed of the Feb. 7 Marianas Variety story, I wrote this letter to the editor, which was published Feb. 14:

“OPINION: Amelia Earhart’s Saipan fate”

        14 Feb 2018
        By Mike Campbell

JUNHAN B. Todiño’s Feb. 7 story, “Group to build Amelia Earhart monument on Saipan” is the best news this Earhart author and researcher has heard in many years.

I heartily congratulate the monument committee, led by Rep. Donald Barcinas, for their wisdom and fortitude in coming to their decision to memorialize this great American on the island where she met her untimely death at the hands of the pre-war Japanese who so mercilessly tyrannized the Saipan people.

The truth about the wretched deaths of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, has long been a sacred cow in the U.S. government establishment and it’s media allies, and practically since the earliest days of Earhart’s July 1937 disappearance, virtually everything disseminated about Earhart’s fate has been aimed at disinforming and misleading not only the American public, but the entire civilized world.

First it was the “Crashed-and-Sank” lie, an echo of the original Navy-Coast Guard 1937 report; then, after that canard became too ridiculous to swallow, a more recent but still long-debunked idea, that the fliers landed on Nikumaroro Atoll, in the Phoenix Chain, was pushed down our throats without surcease.  Ignoring the massive body of available evidence supporting the fliers’ presence and deaths on Saipan, big media and history books tell us the fate of Amelia Earhart remains as much a mystery now as in the desperate days of the Navy’s futile search for the lost Electra.  Nothing could be further from the truth; although numerous unanswered questions about the final flight remain, the common belief that the “Amelia Earhart Mystery” is an irresolvable enigma is known to be utter nonsense by those familiar with the facts.

Contrary to the Navy’s conclusion that Earhart’s Electra “most probably” crashed and sank within 120 miles of Howland Island, or the Nikumaroro myth that Earhart and Noonan found Nikumaroro and soon starved to death on an island where plentiful food sources and drinkable water were available, the lost fliers crash-landed at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands, were picked up by the Japanese and taken to Saipan, where they suffered wretched, lonely deaths, falsely accused as spies by their barbaric captors.  The elder population of Saipan is well aware of this fact, but the insidious influence of decades of American media propaganda have taken its toll, and the truth is not to be found among most of Saipan’s younger people.

Saipan International Airport, also known as Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, is the site of the planned Amelia Earhart Memorial, although its exact location has not been announced.  Following the Japanese attack against the United States in 1941, the field was named Aslito Field.  The airfield was liberated by the U.S. Army 27th Infantry Division on June 18, 1944 during the Battle of Saipan, and later named Isley Field.  Saipan International Airport commenced operations on July 25, 1976, taking over from the nearby Kobler Field.  According to Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 book Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, Amelia Earhart’s Electra 10E was bulldozed with tons of other war rubble and buried in a deep pit under Aslito Field after it was burned beyond recognition by American forces soon after its discovery in a hangar at Aslito Field.

The establishment of the new memorial should bring renewed attention to Earhart’s Saipan fate to a degree not seen since Fred Goerner’s early 1960s Saipan investigations focused the light of truth on the Earhart case, and produced the great 1966 bestseller “The Search for Amelia Earhart,” a book that galvanized significant numbers of Americans to demand the truth about Amelia’s demise — a demand that fell on the deaf ears of a Congress and president who stonewalled all attempts to break through to the Earhart truth.

The U.S. government has long possessed the answers in the Earhart disappearance, but obstinately persists in its longstanding intransigence, insisting all the files in the case have been released, and dictating the terms of the debate at every turn.  The solution to the so-called “Earhart Mystery” will never be found at the bottom of the Pacific or on a picked-over island in the Phoenix Group, myths the media regularly depicts as the only possible answers.  The “hard evidence” that can bring final closure to the Earhart case has been locked away for nearly seventy years in the deepest recesses of our national security apparatus, its precise location known to a scant few caretakers of the priceless evidence — if it exists now at all.

It’s darkly ironic that Earhart’s Electra 10E, NR 16020, was buried with tons of other war refuse under the Aslito Airfield (now the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport) after it was burned beyond recognition in July 1944 by American forces during the invasion of Saipan, according to former Army sergeant and Saipan veteran Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 book, “Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident,” and others who witnessed the plane’s destruction.  Since nobody apparently knows exactly where the plane was bulldozed into rubble, we likely will never know how close the Earhart memorial will be to the true burial place of Amelia Earhart’s plane.

Thanks to the selfless efforts of Rep. Donald Barcinas and his committee, those of us who cherish the memory of Amelia Earhart and long for Goerner’s “Justice of Truth” regarding her tragic disappearance have renewed hope that we might live to see the only real and acceptable solution to the Earhart case — full U.S. government disclosure of the Saipan truth.

Mike Campbell is the author of “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.” For more information, go to http://www.EarhartTruth.com.

Donald Barcinas and his committee apparently have indeed “Got it done,” and if all goes well, soon an 18-foot statue of Amelia Earhart will grace a special area of the Saipan International Airport.

Marianas Variety editor Zaldy Dandan was especially helpful, publishing my letter as an opinion piece, giving it better visibility, linking to the Truth at Last blog and displaying a huge photo of the cover of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, which encouraged his readers to procure it.  Unfortunately, no discernible increase in book sales or page visits to this blog ensued, confirming the relative paucity of interest on in the Earhart disappearance on Saipan.

Jennings Bunn, a former civilian Navy archeologist who spent 14 years on Guam, as well as several months on Saipan during the power outage caused by Typhoon Soudelor in 2015,  agrees.  “From what I saw in Saipan, it is over run by Chinese and Koreans, and the local folks aren’t real interested in ‘Haole’  [defined here as a white person who is not a native Chamorro]  history,” Bunn told me in a recent email.  “My experience on Guam was that the local Chamorro knows very little about their own history, and few really care.  That’s why people like R’lene Steffy [columnist at The Guam Daily Post] are so appreciated by those who do care about their own history.  I did many class presentation to school kids, and told them they should be ashamed to have a Haole tell them their history.  That’s the same situation on Saipan, Rota, Tinian, etc.”

But a few good souls still care, and on Feb. 18 I received a surprising email from one of them, Marie S. Castro, 84, one of the principal movers in the Saipan initiative to build the Earhart memorial.  “I read your most appreciated article about Amelia Earhart from the Marianas Variety on 2/14/2018,” Marie wrote, going on to say she lived in Kansas City, Mo., for 50 years, teaching in the Kansas City Public School System for 25 years before her retirement in October 2016 and her return home to Saipan.  In 2014 Marie published her personal memoir, WITHOUT A PENNY IN MY POCKET: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II and in 2015 she was one of nine authors who attended the annual Amelia Earhart festival at Atchison, Kansas.

Outside the dorm and dining court that bear her name at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., a symbol of one of Purdue’s most famous icons has a permanent home on campus. This bronze statue of Amelia Earhart stands eight feet tall and holds an airplane propeller. The statue is a duplicate of one made by California artist Ernest Shelton in 1969. Earhart worked at Purdue from 1935 to 1937 as a counselor for women and as an adviser to the Department of Aeronautics.  Will the new Earhart Memorial at Saipan International Airport resemble this one? 

“Since I came back home,” Marie continued, “I had an urge [to do] something dating back to 1937 . . .  Amelia Earhart’s fate. On Feb. 2/ 2017, I approached Congressman Barcinas about my idea of building a Memorial Monument for Amelia Earhart here on Saipan to celebrate her 80th year.  All our elders who witnessed the American woman pilot’s presence here on Saipan are long gone, however, in 1983 I interviewed a local woman who had personal contacts with Amelia Earhart in 1937, who was living next door from the political detainee hotel called the Kobayashi Royokan Hotel. [Mrs. Matilde Shoda San Nicholas (the former Matilde Fausto Ariola), see pages 102-103 of Truth at Last.]  I want to pursue the Monument for Amelia Earhart and finalize the biggest lingering unsolved mystery of the 20th Century. . . . What is holding us now is funding. We need $200 thousand for the project.  We greatly appreciate any assistance you could give us for this project.”

After thanking Marie for her work on Saipan, I gently corrected her about her misuse of the word “mystery” in connection to the Earhart disappearance, and pledged my sincere support for this worthy and long-overdue development.  Of course I will happily send her a check, but even better, I’ll ask readers of this blog to support the memorial in any ways they can.

“Wow, Mike you gave me more push to pursue this project no matter how rough the road might be,” Marie wrote in her Feb. 19 reply.  “I will stand firm on my ground of the truth.  According to the local woman she observed one day that the American woman pilot was not feeling well.  She used the toilet very often that day and that was the last day Matilde saw the woman. She died of dysentery the next day. . . . Thanks again for your support.  We need every assistance we could get.  I am confident that with you together we will erect the Memorial Monument as a testimony to the whole world that this famous first American woman pilot definitely ended her life on the island of Saipan.”

I’ve never asked for money on this blog, and you’ll never see distracting ads or pop-ups when you come here.  But the proposed Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument on Saipan is the most worthy cause we’ve seen in decades, and its successful completion would be a very large step toward realizing our ultimate goal — complete U.S. government disclosure of the truth. 

Please make your checks payable to:

Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument, Inc.

and send to:

AEMMI
c/o Marie S. Castro
P. O. Box 500213
Saipan MP  96950

Marie also has sent an artist’s rendition of the proposed Earhart Memorial Monument, and it looks great, far more elegant and stylish than I would have expected for $200,000.  I will be unveiling it here soon. Please check back often. 

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48 responses

  1. Awesome idea. Will wait for bank info, then send my donation. The Marshalls need to have one as well. Postage stamps are great, but now it’s time to up the ante for all the visitors to see, both in Saipan and the Marshalls.

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  2. You can count on me,too,Mike.

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  3. Dear Mike: Thank you so very much for filling us in on this important development. It also was great to see the photographs of the people involved in this on Saipan, the great photo of Saipan International Airport, and in addition, the photo of the Amelia Statue at Purdue University. I would love to see your blog go more in that direction, like a” photo blog” showing us photos of Amelia, Fred, the Electra, etc. You have posted many photos on this blog through the years that I have never seen. It would be great to see a “photo documentary”
    on this site. It could be chronological, or perhaps a segment or several blog on views of Saipan, pre war, during the war, post war, and now. Ditto the Marshalls, Jaluit, Kwajelein, etc. Or you could send us some photo segments with short explanations, on your whim.
    Keep up the good work! Rob Ellos

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    1. Rob,
      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, but my work has always been almost entirely focused on the Earhart disappearance, not on her amazing life leading up to July 2, 1937. Over 1,500 biographies, novels and children’s books can be found on Amazon.com that present all manner of photos and information about Amelia’s life and career. Conversely, only about 10 books present aspects of the truth about Amelia’s tragic fate on Saipan and landing in the Marshalls, and Truth at Last brings all of them together in a way that’s never been done before. I don’t have an extensive collection of Earhart photos, like our friend Phil V., who says he has over 8,000. I use photos to complement the subjects and points I make on this blog, and will continue to do so.

      Our friend Alex Mandel has thousands of photos, so perhaps he might want to put together something I can present here. I’m certainly open to the idea.

      MC

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      1. Which are the “10 books” and which are worth reading in addition to Truth at Last?

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      2. CDA,

        To save effort, I’ll name the authors by last name, as anyone familiar with the Earhart matter knows the titles. Others can do a word search on Amazon or google: Briand Jr., Goerner, Klaas (AE Lives, for Guam research only) Loomis, Knaggs, Davidson, Devine, Rafford Jr. (analysis only), Horner (The Earhart Enigma is very good, but was published in 2013 in wake of Truth at Last). That’s it, only the presentation of the 26 Saipan GI witnesses in With Our Own Eyes (2002) make that book worthwhile. The rest is unimpressive.

        MC

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      3. Mike– Many thanks for that guidance. I would like to obtain autographed copies of both editions of Truth at Last if that is possible.

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  4. I’m all in, Mike. Paypal would be best way to do this if possible.

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  5. The comments from people in the original Marianas Variety article are suspicious . I’m wondering how many of these are from Saipan? From the TIGHAR idiots? They all, except Mike, have suspiciously biased statements. They question the facts and all the evidence. They can’t stand the idea of an American female statue to be put at an overseas airport for the public to see and get educated. What a bunch of snowflakes.

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  6. I think this is great news at a time when the AE story needs a shot in the arm….I just hope the political hacks don’t try and stop this project from going forward. It would also be great to see the Marshall Islands do something similar. Thanks for the great update, Mike, and keep us posted where to send a check.

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    1. You’re right on top of this story, Sandy, because that’s exactly what I’ve been thinking ever since I read the announcement. It seems too good to be true, and I keep expecting to hear of its imminent demise at the hands of those who hate the truth, and they are legion, as we know, both here and on Saipan too. Let’s pray that justice will prevail.
      MC

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  7. Yes, even though I saw the original article on this, Mike’s version is much more informative. I do like the photos he gives. I took some time to look into the history of Saipan today and its not pretty, especially WWII. But even of recent years, it was the Levis garment factory scandal and the slave workers from China that worked there. Right now, the native island people are in the minority in their own land. So I can see why modern folks don’t get this story and someone like Maria Castro is needed to carry it on. The statue proposed in the memorial looks great. The one at Purdue is also exemplary. I heard they have one at SOF museum in Erie, CO too, but I have not seen it.

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  8. Mike thanks for this news. I live in Japan. What do you think happened to the Japanese “action” reports on the arrest and execution/death? Did any exist?

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    1. Japan! Are you in our military, Dion? You don’t sound like a native!

      Who knows what happened to the records, or if they ever existed at all. Somewhere in Goerner’s book, I believe he was told that vast amounts of Japanese records were taken from Saipan and returned to Tokyo. Fat chance finding anything in there about Amelia. The Japanese military buildup on Saipan, as well as parts of the Marshalls, was in conflict with its League of Nations Mandate and criminal on its face. It took a major world war to force Japan from its evil ways, but I don’t recall any mention of the murders of Earhart and Noonan at the War Crimes Trials. Nothing much has changed, and the Japanese are loathe to admit even the Comfort Women, much less the Rape of Nanking. Earhart and Noonan? Who?

      MC

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      1. Not in the military sir. Father was with Patton’s 3rd 1944-1945. Younger brother in the Navy. I am an English teacher married to a Japanese lady who spent 40 years in the USA. I love your work, you have an important role.

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      2. Thank you, Dion, that’s very kind of you to say. Your father was a hero and your brother is with a great organization. I hope he finds every success in the Navy. I wouldn’t be typing this note to you had I not enlisted in the Navy in 1978 as a journalist. That was the key event in my life to this moment, and the Navy gave me the opportunities I needed to get back in the right direction, if not on the straight and narrow. It’s all quite ironic as well, because the Navy played the key role in the Earhart cover-up, while much later it helped me to find my way in a tough, unforgiving world.

        Mike

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  9. I HOPE a *TRIBUTE to both *Amelia & *Fred. Why is FRED always forgotten?
    A statue to commemorate BOTH of them on Saipan.

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  10. Very positive development. Thanks for passing it along Mike.

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  11. William H. Trail | Reply

    Maybe we should contact Representative Cabrera’s office to coordinate with his staff on Saipan and/or Washington about setting up a Go Fund Me account (a much better venue than PayPal) to support the AE statue project. Who knows how much of the statue could be funded through voluntary individual and group contributions once we get the word out?

    All best,

    William

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    1. William,

      I’ve been informed that the bank information will be available Monday, and I will immediately publish it on this blog. Initially, anyone who wants to donate can send a check through normal USPS mail, at least that’s the first channel I expect to open. After that, we will see if other ways such as you suggest can be implemented. Anything that gets more money into the right hands is fine with me.

      Thanks,
      MC

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  12. This would be better if it we’re done in conjunction with additional forensic archaeolgy re AE & FN on Saipan.

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  13. I hope there will be a commemorative plaque to go along with the statue; it would be nice to be able to educate people about Amelia and Fred’s presence on Saipan. Mike, maybe you could be of assistance in that regard.

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  14. EXCELLENT information and admirable work! I’m looking forward to more developments and will donate to the project when all the details are finalized and it is time. I agree with an earlier comment about setting up a “Go Fund Me” account, vice Paypal.

    I’ve had the opportunity to spend many days/nights on Saipan layovers during my years flying for Northwest Orient Airlines. While I’ve been aware of the dubious Earhart “mystery” official narrative since I was a boy (I’m presently a ‘young’ 71) — and have done a lot of study on it, mostly from books — I wish I’d been armed with the “new” information (‘new’ at least to me over the past 20 + years) when I had the opportunity to explore on the ground.

    Again — good work.

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  15. Not all the “cowardly, dishonest” ones are in the media. Don’t forget this crowd:

    Timorous Eunuchs

    In the universities
    You’ll find our finest minds.
    The problem isn’t with their brains:
    Oh no, it’s with their spines.

    http://www.dcdave.com/poet15/180302.htm

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    1. Thanks Dave, nothing better exemplifies the media and academe’s cowardice and dishonesty better than the Earhart story, though others also would do: the JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King hits, Vietnam, the USS Liberty, Oklahoma City, and 9-11 only begin the list of Sacred Cows in Washington.

      MC

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  16. A fitting tribute to Amelia, but should include Fred Noonan. He got them across the oceans against odds with inadequate equipment. Why they were in the “Mandated Territory” is another story that will never be explained. That they died on Saipan is well supported by numerous local Saipanese citizens who saw them there. This also includes the numerous reports from the military concerning “found” evidence on Saipan. Unfortunately, as has been the case many times, that evidence was either destroyed, or buried away so deeply that time has provided forgetfulness. As those involved passed away the evidence was further forgotten.

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    1. I don’t think we should be cynical about getting the information. It may be that it was classified, or politically inconvenient to various organizations to not release it–but not forever. Times change, and so do people, but the truth does not.

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        Ken,

        Amen, brother!

        All best,

        William

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  17. Sally Petersen | Reply

    The statue sounds wonderful! It’s about time! Thanks for keeping us posted, Mike.

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  18. Mike,

    Have you seen this? Just read it on Twitter.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/07/bones-found-south-pacific-likely-amelia-earharts-researcher-says/404452002/

    Ann Zakelj Willoughby Hills OH

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Of course, Ann. Is there anything more certain than death, taxes and the media’s unending, shameless promotion of the TIGHAR scam? Whenever this happens my blog hits go way up and book sales increase. Nobody believes this snake oil anymore. It’s probable that this latest blitz is a direct response to the Saipan Earhart Memorial developments. Somebody in the deep state pushes a button and all the good little monkeys push out the same absurd propaganda on command. I’ve been watching this for 30 years, with no end in sight. Insanity on display.
      MC

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      1. “Bone measure analysis”?? If I’m reading correctly, the bones, found in 1940, eventually disappeared, and all that remained was metric data limited to four measurements of the skull and three of long bones — the tibia, humerus, and radius?? In 1941, British colonial authorities took detailed measurements of the bones and concluded they were from a male about 5 ft 5 in tall (165 cm). These bones were “misplaced” in Fiji long ago, so they cannot be reexamined. And when the word “TIGHAR” appears?? You be the judge. From TIGHAR’s own data: http://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Documents/Bones_Chronology3.html

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      2. The bones analyzed are not from Saipan, rather they are the ones found in 1940 on Nikumaroro and analyzed by Dr. Hoodless in 1941. Somehow, Gillespie got some acedemic toad from Tennessee (Jantz) to act like a scientist, but if you dissect the journal article you will discover many flaws in their Modern Quantitative Technique. The article is pure junk science. Jantz and King are tainted. Look closely at the Acknowledgments section of the article…TIGHAR and Ric Gillespie!! The author Jantz states…”Tom King and Ric Gillespie read at least two drafts and offered many helpful comments.”

        This Jantz fellow has just destroyed whatever credibility he might have had. Why did the peer-reviewers and editor allow this article to be published?

        The TIGHAR shills will likely milk this junk article for years to come.

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    2. The most that can be said about the bones is, based on a re-analysis of limited data using contemporary methods and population data, the bones found in 1940 are not inconsistent with being those of AE. A similar study about 20 years ago reached the opposite conclusion.

      The context in which the bones were found should be considered. The British survey team arrived on Gardner less than 18 months after the last radio transmissions were received. TIGHAR’s own extensive analysis shows that AE and FN were able to transmit for at least 5-1/2 days after the presumed downing of the Electra. In that time a lot of material could have been retrieved from the ship and should have been easily found by the aerial search in 1937, the survey team, or the first colonists. The only artifact found with the bones was on old sextant which has never been connected to the flight. Then, of course, there is no trace of the aircraft itself unlike the case for a Mili Atoll downing.

      One wonders if the bones aren’t those of a crewman of the S.S. Norwich City. There was a significant loss of life when the crew attempted to make it ashore in a raging storms. In those days they would not have attempted to repatriate bodies.

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  19. Sorry RD. I reread your post and looks like your referring to the Hoodless bones as I.
    Apologies.

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    1. Yeah, Mike … that’s O.K. … I knew you knew that I knew that you knew that I knew that … that … *whew* … *getting breathless here* … knew that the bones were from Gardner (a.k.a. Nikumaroro) — (insert smile here).

      i didn’t want to come right out and say it — but I too agree that Mr. (Dr.) Jantz has limited his credibility when he colludes w/ TIGHAR, which has an axe to grind, IMO. I was drawn to Gillespie and Co. years ago as I’ve been an Earhart “junkie” since I was a boy in the ’50s — until I just had to intellectually “walk away” from Mr. Gillespie and his decades long “adventure”. There was no there-there …

      But I appreciate the work that you are doing. Keep it up …

      R.D. HART

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  20. William H. Trail | Reply

    A mountain of credible eyewitness testimony from sources with no reason to lie beats a bunch of hype, phony forensics, and junk science — any day!

    All best,

    William

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  21. Mike, et al.

    Juan Williams on The Five just presented this latest tidbit as the gods’ truth and everyone else on the panel marveled at current technology used to unravel the mystery. Looks like the general public will swallow anything fed to them by the MSM.

    Ann Zakelj

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    1. Ann,

      FOX is the worst of all the MSM when it comes to the Earhart story. They will not even allow Truth at Last or my name or to stand in the comments on any these BS stories they run on their website. It’s truly awful, but the few who know the truth can’t be fooled by these paid liars.

      MC

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      1. Mike,

        I wasn’t aware that they were clueless about Earhart, but I was shocked at a few other Kool-aid induced news stories that they promulgated.

        Ann

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      2. The leadership at Fox isn’t clueless, Ann, and knows exactly what they are doing. Juan Williams, however, has been clueless since birth.
        MC

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  22. I think somebody in the government is getting desperate with that USAToday story….more fake news…..I guess the Tighar goons will do anything to stop the Saipan monument from going forward.

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      Sandy,

      As Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice, “But in the end truth will out.”

      All best,

      William

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  23. Steven Schrier | Reply

    How can the airport hangar where Earhart’s Electra allegedly was kept and the location of the bulldozed burial pit be unknown to folks living on Saipan? Almost serms inconceivable there isn’t a photo of the famous plane if it was stored at an airport on Saipan? Why would the airplane have been burned? Has anyone done any recent excavations or used ground penetrating radar around the old airport sites to try to locate the debris pit? Fred Noonan hopefully should be considered for inclusion if a monument-memorial is built on Saipan, imho. All the best from West Michigan (USA)

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    1. Steve,
      Aslito Airport was made off limits almost immediately after the discovery of the Earhart Electra, and Lt. Col. Wally Greene, operations officer of the 2nd Marine Division, was generally credited among the troops for the find. Cameras weren’t allowed on Saipan among the regular troops to begin with during the invasion, and any photos of the Electra, under guard, went straight to the ONI and down the rabbit hole. You can find them in the deepest recesses in Washington’s files for sacred cows, if you have the right clearance, which is quite doubtful.

      GPR is of no use in searching for the Electra at the Saipan airport. The plane was burned beyond recognition in July 1944 and several months later bulldozed and buried with hundreds of tons of war garbage under the airport, which included mainly Japanese aircraft wreckage. The only possible way to ID the Electra would be to actually find its engine or construction tags, tiny bits of metal. One would literally have to dig up the entire tarmac, until square miles, and sort though each scrap of metal. Do you think that will ever happen? Pigs will fly long before it would even be considered.

      Fred Noonan’s name will be on the memorial, I assure you, if and when it ever happens.
      MC

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      1. Steven Schrier

        Thank you for the response to my questions and information. Glad to learn Fred Noonan’s name will be on the memorial if it’s realized.

        My late uncle was a US Navy physician who served in Guadalcanal during WW2 and as a youth he told me stories about the tough conditions on the islands. In the 1980s I visited Rangiroa in the Tuamotu group of French Polynesia and while the atolls are extraordinarily beautiful they’re among the harshest environments on Earth for folks to try to survive.

        For folks born and raised on Saipan during the years prior to the US entering WW2 the day to day conditions under occupation can only be imagined by my generation. Thankfully many of the island folks have recorded or written about their experiences.

        As you suggest, perhaps in time the ONI archives in the US and maybe an archive in Japan might eventually become accessible for research. I can appreciate the public relations problems that could have happened if the US public learned Amelia & Fred had survived a crash landing on Japanese occupied Mili atoll in 1937. How would the US public have reacted? Should they be rescued? In some ways it’s understandable that during the aggressive occupation & militarizing of the western Pacific islands pre WW2, a decision could have been made not to attempt a rescue. The risks for igniting a war with a rescue attempt might have been a consideration? But that’s eighty years in the past today.

        For sure, it would be good for the public to eventually see some verifiable Saipan documentation, photos or artifacts or something from ONI or elsewhere that could provide tangible confirmation Amelia & Fred were there. It’s an intriguing story that creates legends for sure! All the best.

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      2. Steve,
        It’s an 80-year cover-up of something that no longer requires it, except for one massive problem — FDR. See Truth at Last for more.
        MC

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