NatGeo, Ballard in new phony Earhart “search”

It appears that after 13 fruitless trips to Nikumaroro by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), the powers that be have finally decided to turn this tar baby over to someone who can bring real gravitas to the longstanding Earhart myths and lies.  (Boldface and italics emphasis mine throughout.)

Ric Gillespie is out, Robert Ballard is in, and we can all now rest assured that the “Earhart Mystery” will be solved in short order.  If you doubt this, I refer you to the National Geographic’s July 23, 2019 story:  Robert Ballard found the Titanic. Can he find Amelia Earhart’s airplane?subheaded, “Ocean explorer Robert Ballard will lead a major expedition to the remote Pacific in hopes of discovering the famed aviator’s fate.”

With the same breathless tones that accompanied countless announcements that preceded so many of TIGHAR’s Nikumaroro boondoggles over the past 30 years, National Geographic’s “Now Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic, is planning to search for signs of the missing aviators.  On August 7, he’ll depart from Samoa for Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island that’s part of the Micronesian nation of Kiribati. The expedition will be filmed by National Geographic for a two-hour documentary airing October 20.”

Bob Ballard, undated, from his Wikipedia page.

This is the same National Geographic Channel that produced and aired a much-anticipated (among some Earhart researchers) Amelia Earhart special in late 2006 to debut its short-lived Undercover History series, for which writer-co director Quinn Kanaly talked to me twice at length via phone.  At my insistence, she took her crew to Woodbridge, Conn., to  interview Robert E. Wallack about his summer 1944 discovery of the Earhart briefcase in a blown safe on Saipan, a segment that was included in the program that aired on Nov. 29, 2006, and which also depicted eyewitness Bilimon Amaron’s 1937 encounter with the fliers at Jaluit, as well as a thorough forensic debunking of the Irene Bolam-as-Amelia Earhart lie. 

Only the slightest trace of that program can now be found on an Internet search, an IMDb entry that’s been swept clean of any meaningful information, as has the rest of the Internet.  To see for yourself, please click hereDid National Geographic go to great lengths to cover the history of its past productions on the Earhart disappearance to protect the credibility of the current Ballard search?  Just askin’.

Fox News, which has led the way in the Earhart deception business for several years now, followed the same day with their own story, and on July 26, a reader told me, Ballard’s second in command was just on Fox News in studio with Harris Faulkner.  Another bunch allergic to the truth, Coast to Coast AM, did their part for the bad cause with their own story July 24.

In its July 23 story, National Geographic wastes no time, and starts right in with the lies that have so characterized the popular myths about the great aviation mystery for so many decades.  In its lead paragraph, we’re told, After taking off from Lae, New Guinea, in Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E, the pair aimed for tiny Howland Island, just north of the Equator.  But they couldn’t find it, and despite many attempts, no one has been able to find them.

No one has been able to find them”?  No one, that is, except the prewar Japanese on Mili Atoll and Saipan in 1937, Bilimon Amaron on Jaluit, Mera Phillip, John Tobeke and others on Kwajalein’s Roi-Namur, and many native Chamorros on Saipan that same year, beginning with the still-living Josephine Blanco Akiyama. 

How about the numerous members of the American military, including Brig. Gen. Graves Erskine, during its summer 1944 invasion of Saipan, when the Electra was discovered in a Japanese hangar and was soon burned beyond recognition, according to several witnesses including Thomas E. Devine and Earskin J. Nabers?  Sixteen years later, Fred Goerner and Joe Gervais found the fliers through numerous eyewitness and witness accounts, and soon Vincent V. Loomis, Don Kothera and other researchers added their own witnesses and findings to the growing volume of evidence, solidly establishing the presence and death of the fliers.  The foregoing is just for starters.  No point in going further here, when the entire content of this blog is devoted to these and so much more that attests to the hated truth.

The research vessel E/V Nautilus will soon search the waters off Nikumaroro Atoll in the Phoenix Islands in an attempt to find what we all know has never been there, the Earhart Electra 10E, which was destroyed on Saipan in July 1944 and now lies buried under Saipan International Airport.  (Courtesy Wikipedia.)

National Geographic continued with its latest propaganda:

The National Geographic Explorer at Large brings a state-of-the-art research vessel, the E/V Nautilus, and extensive underwater expertise to this historic search. In addition to locating the Titanic, Ballard discovered the remains of John F. Kennedy’s World War II patrol boat in the Solomon Sea, the German battleship Bismarck in the Atlantic, and many ancient ships in the Black Sea, as well as hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos.

People have been looking for Earhart ever since she went missing.  The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy scoured the area by ship and plane for two weeks. George Putnam, Earhart’s husband, enlisted civilian mariners to continue the hunt.  Eventually the U.S. government declared that the plane had most likely crashed and sunk into the Pacific.

Eventually”?  How about within three weeks of the fliers’ disappearance, when the commanders of the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca and the U.S.S. Lexington group filed their search reports?  Please see “The Search and the Radio Signals,” pages 38-59 in Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last for the facts without the hype.

The Ballard news is highly reminiscent of the clatter that surrounded the similarly hyped 2017 Nauticos search for the Earhart plane in the waters off Howland Island.  Here’s how I began my March 27, 2017 post on that time waster:

One of the better-known definitions of insanity has been attributed to Albert Einstein, who described it as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  I wonder how many times it would take Nauticos, or the rest of clueless crashed-and-sankers to search the Pacific floor without finding the Earhart Electra before they admitted they might be wrong about what happened to Amelia and her plane. Based on past performances, the answer is, sadly, Never.

For more on my Nauticos post, see Nauticos continues Earhart ocean-search insanity.”

It’s fair to ask why someone with Ballard’s impressive resume and fame is suddenly so interested in the rotten can of worms that the “Search for Amelia Earhart” has become, thanks to the ceaseless disinformation and distractions of the U.S government-media establishment.

We know, of course, that he is very much a highly regarded member of said establishment, and if you doubt that, here’s a YouTube video of Ballard’s remarks at a special event on March 20, 2012, at the U.S. State Department, announcing TIGHAR’s July 2012 expedition “to search for the remains of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra”:  Dr. Ballard endorses TIGHAR.

The battleship USS Colorado joined the Earhart search July 7, focusing her search on the Phoenix Islands, 350 miles southeast of Howland. On July 9, three Vought O3U-3 Corsair float planes were launched from the battleship’s three catapult rails to make an aerial inspection of three locations: McKean Island, Gardner Island (now the infamous Nikumaroro), and Carondelet Reef. Nothing unusual was seen during the flyovers of these islands; neither Amelia Earhart nor her Electra were ever on Nikumaroro, contrary to the incessant propaganda efforts by our establishment media.  A total of 262,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean was searched by the Itasca, USS Lexington and her group, and the USS Colorado; not even an oil slick was reported.

We also know that Ballard won’t find anything at Nikumaroro, and so does he, unless he is far more uninformed about the Earhart disappearance than the average reader of this blog, which is just too much for me to bite off.  As with nearly everything in this hard world, it’s always about the money, and Ballard is no exception, but does he really need the gelt so badly that he would purposely taint his legacy with the certain stain of failure in the phony Earhart chase? 

(As an aside, for readers who don’t know me, this has never been about money for me, another reason why you can believe what you read here.)

Perhaps Ballard let his ankle show when he told National Geographic,Maybe some things shouldn’t be found, he says. We’ll see if Amelia is one of them.

The switch from Gillespie to Ballard indicates, at least to this observer, that this has latest machination from the establishment has the potential to be very big.  Endless empty claims and wasted trips to Nikumaroro have stripped Gillespie of all credibility among the masses, but Ballard is an entirely different story, and most will believe him what he says uncritically. 

Thus, the forthcoming Earhart disinformation operation is far more disturbing than the usual, as we wonder why the famed ocean explorer would allow his name to be associated with this transparent charade, proven over 30 years to be nothing more than a huge mendacity that even casual observers of the Earhart case are now sick of watching. 

Further, and worse, would Ballard knowingly be a part of a scheme in which he would discover planted material on or off Nikumaroro?  It might be a piece of an engine or something else that can somehow be plausibly, though briefly, linked to the Electra, something that they can make plenty of noise about, but which would ultimately fail, because we know where the ruined remains of the Earhart bird are buried — under the Saipan International Airport.

I don’t know, but at this point, after nearly 32 years of studying this story, nothing would surprise me, except seeing anything resembling the truth coming from anyone in our thoroughly corrupt national media.

This constant barrage of lies and misinformation is proving two things: One, the U.S. establishment remains committed to protecting the Earhart sacred cow and keeping the truth from the masses, and two, that they rightfully believe in the overwhelming ignorance and indifference of America to the Earhart disappearance.  The comments below the story on Fox News reveal this fact, as they always do.  Why do they even bother, then, when the few who actually care are in their dotage and dying daily?

Perhaps news of Marie Castro’s efforts on Saipan to build the Earhart Memorial Monument has created some small anxiety among the deep-state operatives responsible for managing the Earhart deception.  These vermin understand that the memorial’s possible success on Saipan, as unlikely as it seems now, would bring more heat for disclosure to bear on Washington, something they want to avoid at all costs.  Just a thought.

Nikumaroro Atoll, once known as Gardner Island, is one of eight atolls in the Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati, in the central Pacific Ocean.  It is a remote, elongated, triangular coral atoll with profuse vegetation and a large central marine lagoon. It’s approximately 4.7 miles long by 1.6 miles wide and has gained international notoriety as the “most probable” landing place of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.  No real evidence has ever been presented to support this false idea, because neither Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan nor the Electra 10E that they flew during their last flight were ever anywhere near it, but crash-landed at Mili Atoll at about noon, July 2, 1937, as established by eyewitnesses and other undeniable circumstantial evidence.

In light of Ballard’s forthcoming search, it might be an appropriate time to re-introduce readers, old and new, to the basic truth about the Earhart disappearance, by way of the Earhart Disappearance Position Statement I first presented in last year’s post commemorating Amelia’s final flight, July 2, 2018: 81 years of lies in the Earhart case.”  I’ve extracted and slightly edited the most germane paragraphs; to see the entire statement, just click on the blue link.

The very idea that the disappearance of Amelia Earhart is a “great aviation mystery” is among the most despicable of all the prevailing myths of mainstream American history.  So effective have the U.S. government and its media allies been in creating, maintaining and protecting this straw man as the unquestioned narrative, that it has become a piece of our cultural furniture, a triumph of propaganda that would make even Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels proud. 

Because of its universal acceptance by the gullible, incurious masses, the false phraseology Earhart mystery defines and dominates all public dialogue about the Earhart case, while the fact of Amelia’s wretched and unnecessary demise at the hands of the prewar Japanese on Saipan is ignored or labeled conspiracy theory, advanced only by and for the fringe conspiracy lunatics of society.  Among our media – even our so-called conservative media – no story is as hated and demonized as the truth about Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s deaths at the hands of the Japanese on Saipan.

But in the deepest bowels of the U.S. government security apparatus, some are well aware of the fliers’ true fate, and they oversee and protect the physical evidence that would reveal the truth, known only to these scant few custodians of this precious evidence.  I explain all this in my book and in my blog, and won’t go on at length here.

Discerning individuals who examine the popular Earhart “theories” soon find not a scintilla of evidence for either crashed-and-sank or Nikumaroro that doesn’t break down under the slightest scrutiny.  Not a single artifact in a dozen trips since 1989 that’s been scrounged up from the Nikumaroro garbage dumps has been forensically linked to Amelia Earhart or Fred Noonan, despite the constant drumbeat of our corrupt media establishment telling us to buy this snake oil.  Many of the ignorant and gullible have indeed bought it, much to their chagrin as they realize the Nikumaroro bill of goods is rotten at its core.

In fact, no real “theories” exist in the Earhart disappearance, as the word is properly defined.  We have the truth — supported by several dozens of eyewitnesses, witnesses, documents, letters and other evidence — that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan crash-landed in the Marshalls, were picked up and taken to Saipan by the Japanese, and died there at some unknown date before the American invasion in June 1944, likely as many as six years before the Battle of Saipan.  Several small details remain unknown, most importantly the how and why behind the Electra’s Mili Atoll landing — but the big picture is lying in plain sight, as clear as the nose on Fred Noonan’s face, obvious to all but the blind and the agenda driven.

And we have enormous, transparent lies.  First came the original crashed-and-sank myth born in 1937 with the Navy-Coast Guard’s search findings — briefly logical until quickly overcome by the facts — which finally became so ludicrous and unacceptable by the late 1980s that a new deception to distract the sheeple was necessary.  Thus was born the current Nikumaroro virus, which continues to be the media’s default position, infecting virtually everything Earhart.  Even most of the brain-dead are no longer fooled, but that doesn’t stop our media from continually trying to force this lie down our collective throats.  

Just as they are doing now, courtesy of National Geographic and Bob Ballard.  We’ll know soon enough if these miscreants are up to more than the usual high-tech dog-and-pony show, with much sound and fury going in and nothing at all coming out, empty as usual.  I do hope that’s all it is, but we have a new player in this game, and we don’t know yet what he’s got up his sleeve.  You’re welcome to check in here whenever the spirit moves you; I’ll do my best to keep you informed and up to date — and will never lie to you.

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74 responses

  1. Mike -you are struggling against dogged, recalcitrant ignorance and greedy misrepresentatives. Anything and everything just to put a few more shillings in their own pockets. So much the better if they mislead the public at the same time.

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  2. We know they won’t find the Electra, but they WILL find something, planted or otherwise (any piece of junk). And whatever it is they will be sure with 99% certainty (through forensic research) that it is part of the “bones” of the Electra.

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  3. Stuart R Brownstein | Reply

    Talk about beating a dead horse ! Mike Campbell must be mad as hell, I certainly Am !

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  4. *Great article Mike and thanks for exposing the DiSInFoRmAtIoN & distractions for what they are and continue to be. The only thing Bob Ballard will find, are WW2 ship & plane wrecks and there are plenty in the Pacific. But to use Amelia Earhart & her Electra as a lost & found recovery search, only adds insult to injury upon her and those of us, smart enough to know better. Bob Ballard has only tarnished his reputation & work.
    Come on Bob, you could at least acknowledge the *TRUTH and not align yourself with the secrecy & lies.

    Doug

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  5. It sickens me to see ex-Navy Bob Ballard profit off the tragedy of Amelia and Fred. I’m sending Mike’s blog to as many of my friends and associates as possible. While there are very few of us left that seek justice and truth, we must continue to remind the elites not all of us can be bought. Thanks Mike for poking them in the face.

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  6. Steve Laughton | Reply

    I lived and worked on both Kwajalein and Ebeye during the 1970’s. I heard stories from some of the elders on Ebeye that there was a plane that went down just off of Ebeye in the late 1930’s. A white man and woman emerged from the plane and swam and walked the reef to get to the island. Almost immediately they were apprehended by the Japanese soldiers. Some of the elders told me that they were taken to Roi Namur and others said they heard they were taken to Saipan. None of the elders said that they ever heard a name mentioned concerning the two, so they could have been another couple who were lost.

    It’s highly doubtful that it would have been another couple as how many light aircraft were flying around the Pacific in those days, besides military aircraft? I’m reading a book, authored by an individual I knew on Kwajalein/Roi Namur. He’s deceased now but wrote the book in 2004. He worked on Kwajalein and Roi Namur for 30 years. The name of the book is Kwajalein: From Stonehenge to Star Wars. His name is Ted Burris. On the cover of the book there is a caption that reads: “Is this where Amelia Earhart’s Plane ditched?” It shows the Kwajalein Atoll and an arrow pointing to the location of Ebeye. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

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    1. Steve,

      Thanks for sending. Ted Burris’ account is well known to readers of this blog and Truth at Last, where you can find it on pages 150-151. It was originally published in the February 1996 edition of Prymak’s Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters, titled “ANOTHER GI EXPERIENCE IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS.”

      “Burris’ account among many to put Earhart on Kwaj” was published here on Aug. 25, 2015. Here’s the link:

      Mike

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  7. Mr Ballard is a smart guy, but it takes money to do the things he does. So its understandable he goes to the deep pockets to get work. But as is often the case, the people with money waste it, and the good things get bypassed. We all know he isn’t going to find anything on this trip that is worthwhile.

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  8. I’m at a total loss as to why the Nautilus Expedition is bypassing the Marshalls, and going to Howland instead. What a lost opportunity to really educate all the scientists and students on board. Check out the Nautiluslive.org site to see their route from Samoa. You would think that going through the lower Marshalls, especially Mili Atol, would provide more educational value. But the dark forces of Gillespie and his cronies have slammed the door on this more rational route. As a professional diver with experience diving around Mili and Jaluit Atolls, the Nautilus might find more relevant items of AE interest. By excluding the Marshalls route, Ballard is dismissing all the facts that Mike has spent years in exposing. A really huge missed opportunity.

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  9. Ballard’s pretense to find the Electra, is just a cover, for what he’s been asked to do, for the Navy. Something out there, is far more important. I suspect WW2 shipwrecks, planes, armaments, lost cargo freight & supplies from the war. Something of *value or historical importance to the U.S. Navy. This ploy, of looking for Amelia’s Electra, gives Ballard the cover, he needs to SNOOP AROUND. Of course Bob will put on a GOOD SHOW and find something, other than the Electra.

    Doug

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      Doug,

      You just may have something there. Since Dr. Ballard’s discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic wreck in 1986, it has been disclosed that that search was a convenient and plausible cover story for Commander Ballard, USNR to find and quietly conduct surveys of the wrecks of the nuclear submarines U.S.S. Thresher (SSN-593), lost on 10 April 1963, and U.S.S. Scorpion (SSN-589), lost on or about 22 May 1968. Who knows what Dr. Ballard may really be up to this time?

      Perplexed and dismayed as I am that Dr. Ballard, whom I highly respect, would involve himself in this “fool’s errand” of searching for the wreckage of NR16020 in the waters around Nikumaroro, I’m just going to sit back and see what happens. Needless to say, given my resolute position on the matter, I don’t expect Dr. Ballard to find the Electra, in whole or in part, or anything else Amelia Earhart-related on Nikumaroro or in the waters around it, because it isn’t there and never has been.

      All best,

      William

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      1. I am not familiar with anything detailed about nuclear radiation – I know I have seen several headlines in last 2 weeks about the “discovery” (just now? never knew it before? huh . . . .) of nuclear radiation levels higher than Chernobyl. Maybe looking for something in the Eniwetok or Bikini area, also? Or – this is a real hair-brained thought – if AE was really doing reconnaissance back in July 1937, might she have tossed something out en route towards Mili, and it is supposed to be in the vicinity of these 2 atolls? That would make an interesting story plot . . . water-tight canister of film proving thus-and-such, etc. 🙂

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      2. William H. Trail

        Wolfie,

        You’ll have to fill me in on the “radiation” discovery story you’re referencing. I must have missed it because I’m drawing a total blank on that.

        As for finding a canister small enough to be easily thrown from the Electra in flight, somewhere on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, after 82 years…. My friend, THAT would be a mighty tall order indeed!

        All best,

        William

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      3. https://www.livescience.com/65949-marshall-islands-more-radioactivity-chernobyl.html

        Several headlines about this in last couple weeks – scary but not surprising . . .

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      4. William H. Trail

        Wolfie,

        Many thanks for the link to the Marshall Islands radioactivity story. Much appreciated. Very interesting.

        Last night I tried looking up the distance between Bikini Atoll and Nikumaroro on the computer without success. Then, I did it the old fashion way — I pulled out my National Geographic Atlas of the World. The distance is about 1800 statute miles. Given the distance between Bikini Atoll (Enewetak is an additional 216 miles distant) and Nikumaroro I seriously doubt if there’s any connection to what Dr. Ballard is doing. It would be tenuous at best.

        All best,

        William

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      5. Yeah, I agree – but he has to get his equipment there by boat, and depends on where he departs – might have to go by. I think getting the added $$$ to support WHATEVER he is REALLY doing is more to the point.

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  10. I also wonder why the Nautilus will not be live-streaming when they get to the AE part of the trip? It is quite intriguing to watch the Live feed, and would love to see the action when they get to Howland. Perhaps they don’t want the public to see something? Secret mission?

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      Mike,

      Yes, I would have loved to have watched the live feed myself and was very disappointed, not to mention just a little bit suspicious when the Nautilus Live online newsletter announced that Nikumaroro would be a “closed set.” However, after thinking about it I concluded that the “closed set” is most likely due to the fact that all of this will be part of a National Geographic special to be aired in October and they just want to keep it all under wrap until then. At least, I hope that’s the case.

      All best,

      William

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  11. Has anyone noticed this report? I just stumbled on it. https://text-message.blogs.archives.gov/2017/07/20/captain-alfred-parker-on-jaluit-atoll-march-april-1937/ I also noticed that the Japanese seized the Marshalls in 1914 ostensibly to protect Britain so they were already there before the League of Nations Mandate. The Parker case is interesting for the reason that they detained him but gave him a lot of latitude, it sounds like he wasn’t imprisoned at all.

    And then I found this from the link on the Parker story. https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/earhart.
    Maybe all this is old news. It doesn’t sound like it took any secret sauce to find these pictures and reports in the National Archives. There is even a reference to a report from 1939 that she was held prisoner by the Japs in the Marshall Islands. So what does the report say? Does one have to go the Archives to read it? I don’t recall seeing such a report mentioned anywhere.

    So it makes me wonder, if they let Parker go,why wouldn’t they let Amelia go seeing as how that would be great propaganda for them? Was it because she was an American? It makes me think there was something that tipped the Japs off that she was spying. With the experience of Parker, maybe Amelia thought she would be treated well when she landed on Mili., but something went wrong.

    My last thought for the night is, Who was financing the Japs in those days? We all have learned by now that Prescott Bush and the Union Bank as well as some rich Americans were financing Hitler, so was there an American money connection? Apparently Jacob Schiff and the New York bankers financed Japan in the Russian Japanese war in 1904-5 supposedly to help get rid of the Tsar. Were there still American Banker interests in Japan in 1937? Why not? What would that have to do with Amelia? Maybe nothing. I never read about what financial connections were going on with Japan. They were not a rich country, they had no natural resources. I apologize for rambling, just putting some odd thoughts into the mystery.

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    1. The ship mentioned in the Bradsher post, the USS Gold Star (AG-12), was one of the ships mentioned to Fred Goerner by Cmdr Bridwell on one of the visits to Saipan. Gold Star was a mobile signals intelligence platform operating with the cover of a humble U.S. Navy supply ship. According to a pre-war history on an NSA website, Gold Star was one of the first two ships to receive an experimental HFDF unit in 1936. The other was the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship of the Asiatic Fleet at the time. Sources vary on the date of deployment of more effective production HFDF units, either beginning May 1937 or 1938-39. So it is possible the Navy had multiple effective HFDF units in the Pacific area at shore stations and at sea in July 1937 contrary to statements made by Capt. Stafford.

      The implication would seem to be the other ships mentioned by Cmdr Bridwell, Blackhawk, Chaumont, and Henderson, also had a signals intelligence capability in July 1937. It’s not surprising that Gold Star was not welcomed to make port calls in the Japanese island mandates since the purpose of her antenna arrays would have been obvious to Japanese naval observers.

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      1. In the Bradsher post, it says Captain Parker reported that there was an aircraft carrier in Jaluit Harbor while TTAL says seaplane tender Kamoi. Which one is right? you would think Captain Parker would know what an aircraft carrier looked like. When the two Marshallese witnesses saw her plane land at Mili how would they know it was “out of gas?” Does that mean the engines were not running and it was gliding in? Does a pilot cut off the engines when making a forced landing on a reef or in the water? I would think that they would, but I’m not a pilot.

        This does make somewhat of a difference. Either the Japs never saw her saw her landing and she really was out of gas, or they did catch her and made it clear she had to land ASAP. Also, Randall Brink says she was spotted flying over Nauru and also over Tarawa. Is this right? I don’t remember reading that anywhere else, but I don’t remember many things. Which has been pointed out to me on occasion.

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      2. Nowhere in TAL does it say that the Kamoi was at Jaluit. Please read more carefully. See pages 53 and 140. Loomis showed that Kamoi was not at Jaluit during the time of the search. The Japanese lied about its movements. Nobody reported a carrier at Jaluit at this time except Parker, and he was in the area for 28 days in March-April 1937, not July 1937. See p. 172 TAL.

        Please direct us to any Mili eyewitness that said the plane “ran out of gas.” I must have missed that detail.

        Mike C.

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      3. Datchason@gmail.com

        So its possible Parker was right and there was an aircraft carrier in the harbor which might mean it was possible a plane from that ship intercepted AE? THAT IS ALL I’m asking. Then also Brink could be right that there was an A. C. Carrier in that area?

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      4. No, David, I think it’s highly unlikely that any carrier was at or near Jaluit during the July 2-13 time period, unless all the witnesses were blind. But a carrier did not have to be in the area of Jaluit to have launched planes to intercept. That’s still an outside possibility, though the carrier, the Akagi that the only named claimant to this story Fujie Firmosa, allegedly launched from was shown to be in dry dock in Japan at the time. See p. 158 TAL.

        Mike

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    2. David Atchason: I followed your “archives.gov” link, and found that article about Parker et. al. to be very interesting. My opinion about “why did they let Parker go, but not AE and Fred?” is for another time. But thank you for posting this link. These secondary posts are often very worthwhile. This was one of those. Thanks, CALVIN

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      1. Calvin,
        Thanks for the kind words. I thought I had made a genius discovery when I found that article about Capt. Parker, but Mike already covers that in TTAL. I think Les Kinney claimed the famous picture had to show AE and Fred because “There were no other “Caucasian” people on Jaluit at that time.”

        Apparently that’s wrong and I wondered if History Channel had picked up on that? They ould have by reading TTAL and so could Les Kinney. Or it could be a picture from 1934 now that that Marshall Islands official claim the pier was only built in 1936 has been thrown into doubt.

        Maybe Mike is right that the whole episode was just a “setup”, anything is possible seeing the publicity for the new Ballard expedition. I must read the Nat. Geo. article. I didn’t know it referred to a toilet. William H. Trail says it does, but I couldn’t find that reference just now. So what did they use? A chamber pot? Will Ballard discover such an item which will conclusively prove AE landed on Nikumaroro?

        Getting back to Capt. Parker, evidently the straight line course for his voyage would take him right through the Marshall Islands. I think. But did ships really sail straight through that island group in those days? Wouldn’t it have been more prudent to sail around them? What was he up to? Evidently the Japs couldn’t find anything to prove he was spying, but with Amelia they must have found such proof, whatever it was. After a couple days. At least that’s what I think.

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      2. William H, Trail

        David,

        Go back to the article and look carefully at the “cut away” artwork of the Electra. You will see that it depicts a toilet installed in the back of the aircraft. That’s what I was referring to.

        All best,

        William

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  12. What a great find – kudos to you! So many little things seem to point to AE collecting info on what was going on over in that part of the Pacific as she flew back home. Why not? Only if she landed directly in the hands of the Japanese and they saw proof of her actions would there be a problem for her and FN. She was within a whisper of US naval support and home base – forgive her possible cockiness and joy at being almost literally in sight of the finish line – and safety. Who could imagine anything would go wrong, the tiniest of hiccups, within the final hours – much less a forced landing and losing comms with her support base. Such a TRAGIC twist of events! Can’t wait to read your links!

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  13. David Atchason | Reply

    This morning, with renewed energy I tackled the 1939 prisoner report and found it to be the bottle message. It does make it sound like Mili Atoll was a very sensitive area for the Japanese, why is not clear. Whatever she was up to, why pick Mili in particular to land on ?

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      David,

      Many thanks for the link about Captain Alfred Parker and his crew. Very interesting.

      I suppose you could call walking around and not being chained up in your cell 24/7 a degree of latitude; however, being effectively imprisoned on an island tightly controlled by hostile and highly suspicious Japanese as well as being called in by them to answer questions almost daily must not have been a whole lot of fun. The Kempei Tai (Secret Military Police) were not given to pleasantries and chit-chat with anyone, much less hated gaijin. Consider also that the Japanese regarded all foreigners (gaijin) as “spies,” including Carl Heine who indeed would later be beheaded by the Japanese as a spy. Of course, while out and about Captain Parker was under close surveillance. He was followed everywhere he went and was closely watched to see who his “contacts” might be. It was what they call a “hostile counterintelligence environment.”

      As for the sensitivity or importance of Mili Atoll, there was nothing of any significance going on on Mili. It’s “sensitivity” was simply because it was part of the of the Japanese Mandates, a denied area closed to all foreigners. Mili is, at least as far as I could determine from my National Geographic Atlas of the World, the closest part of the Japanese Mandated Marshall Islands to Howland Island — roughly 850 statute miles distant. For a deliberate flight to and landing in the Marshall Islands, Mili was the closest and most logical place.

      All best,

      William

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      1. William,

        If you take those links and follow them to other links there are some curious items. For one, the famous picture is numbered ***81. There is another picture also in the Archives numbered ***78. One person asked “Where are 79 and 80?” 78 is the picture of a sailing ship, I think at a dock? Well, whatever, it does appear that they are from a series of pictures, but probably not by Parker, but who knows? Was Parker gone when AE & Fred showed up? I think so. I don’t know how to make the connection, but the fact that there is more than one Jaluit picture apparently in a series in the Archives just adds to my belief that the Japanese debunker story is nonsense. In any case, the famous picture does certainly seem to show a white man and woman at Jaluit and to think that the Japs would use a picture with white people in it to illustrate a Japanese book, well, that would be ridiculous when you reflect on it.

        OK, here’s a stray thought about Ballard. Will he be searching for a Japanese sub or ship carrying gold or precious metals treasure? Nan Madol has always intrigued me and I am daydreaming about visiting there. Here’s a link.
        http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread493765/pg1
        When we speculate on these matters, one thought is always in the back of my mind. “War is a Racket” (Smedley Butler) Somebody is making $$$$ money off it and I doubt WW2 was an exception.
        All Best,

        Dave

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      2. William H. Trail

        David,

        I’m not going to comment on the photos. And whatever else Dr. Ballard is doing, I just hope it does not involve a mysterious, long lost Gold Monkey.

        All best,

        William

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  14. I don’t know why everyone seems so defensive and conspiracy theory prone, let them search! If they DON’T find AE, would this help YOUR theories, if they do, the mystery is over. What they can find in the area is a IJN Submarine, no nuclear devises, and probably a few errant missing WWII AC. Be happy.

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    1. Because we know that up till now with TIGHAR, it’s always been about lies and false claims that take all the air out of the room. Never is any progress made toward enlightening the masses, that’s why we’re concerned. Now we have a new Marco Polo going to Nikumaroro after the first one has been there 13 times. We are damn well justified in asking why, and our suspicions are well founded, based on 30 years of deceit and flim-flammery designed to distract the sheeple.

      And why, may I ask, are you always on the wrong side of these issues, Mr. Holly?

      Mike C.

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    2. Happy?? Why do the US taxpayers have to pay for Ballard’s ego? Go do some digging in the financial records linking to the good Dr. Ballard. He is milking the sacred cow and the flock of sheep at NOAA and NatGeo that are funding him are purposely ignoring the siren calls from those like Mike C. Follow the money trail. Today he gives a special tour to the US Ambassador to Samoa to grease the political skids. We absolutely know they will find nothing of AE origin. The most disgusting aspects of this charade is the cocky attitude of the so-called “hunter” shown in the NatGeo video preview and when the trip concludes, there should be a complete refund to the taxpayers.

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      1. I did not know the US taxpayer was paying for any of this. Deep pockets Ballard should do it himself. I assume the US Agencies wanted the PR attention… Years ago a nice man from the old DMPO (JPAC) office asked me to give my database of USA losses of personnel, ships, AC to the US Government for free. I got mad. I spent 25cents a page and so much for microfiche and photos and endless letters and copies for YEARS and YEARS and this guy wanted all my work for free. I did this out of my own pocket. So if Ballard is getting free money for a mystery treasure hunt, well, I can list a dozen WWII recovery groups that I would rather see money funded into, starting with History Flight. I didn’t know! ^^ I eventually traded info with the DMPO guy (Mr. Gray) tit for tat until he retired. He never finished his Pacific Ocean Area WWII loss database.

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    3. William H. Trail | Reply

      Matt,

      Let me ask you a straightforward question — have you read “Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last”? If so, what in it left you with doubt and unconvinced of the absolute, unshakable truth of AE and FN’s capture by the Japanese and death on Saipan? If you haven’t read TTAL, why not?

      As for Dr. Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D., in my opinion, he’s a grown man. He can do whatever he wants. If he wants to explore and photo/map the ocean floor off and around Nikumaroro in detail, that’s fine by me. More power to him. I don’t care just as long as it’s all done with private money and is not on the taxpayer’s dime. I’m confident, based on the overwhelming totality of evidence to the contrary (ie, the Saipan Truth), that absolutely nothing related to Amelia Earhart will be found there. My only concern is that, when the expedition is all over and nothing is found, will Dr. Ballard be the “stand up guy” I truly believe him to be and stand rock solid before the world with courage, honor, honesty, and integrity to resolutely and forthrightly say so? Or, will there be TIGHAResque weaselly equivocations, lame excuses, and breathless press-conference BRAVO SIERRA? I sincerely hope not. I will be hugely disappointed and Dr. Ballard will lose all my respect if that is the case.

      By the way, I did a quick check on the Pacific Wrecks website. Granted, it’s not guaranteed to be 100% accurate or all inclusive, but it does give a fairly good indication of known wreck sites. Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island) isn’t even mentioned at all, which I take as a pretty good indication that there are no missing aircraft or vessels, to include IJN submarines or otherwise, to be found there. (For your convenience, here is the link to Pacific Wrecks: http://www.pacificwrecks.com)

      I really doubt if there are any nuclear devices lost in the vicinity of Nikumaroro, either. I base my reasoning on the fact that there is a 10-foot-plus-long, 7,600 pound, Mk 15 nuclear device Serial # 47782 that was deliberately jettisoned from a stricken Boeing B-47 Stratojet (#51-2349) off Tybee Island, GA on 5 February 1958. It’s still somewhere on the bottom in the Wassaw Sound in an area about 8 miles south of Daufuskie Island, SC. It would seem logical to me to find and secure that device first before searching for something in a very remote part of the Pacific.

      All best,

      William

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      1. Yes, I have read it, and the Bible and the Iliad and Odyssey too, and preferring Mark Twain, don’t care to believe it all. Although I do agree with the idea AE ended up on Saipan. Follow the ring.

        I too have my own databases, and the IJN sub is well north of the proposed search area, it is in the area, or not, as also listed as sunk well south. …from my database “. NOV 25, 1943. JAPANESE SUBMARINE I-19. Sunk, North of Gilberts, by Destroyer Radford (DD-446), (N 3.10 x E 171.55). Also listed as sunk 240 miles SE of Fiji, after Gilberts mission). (US Navy Chronicles), (Japanese Historical Document, unknown source).” And Pacific Wrecks is a great site, but they don’t have much on the Marshalls, I do.

        As far as AC, well hello, I said errant AC, and many errant AC in the Pacific in WWII, flying off into the sunset. And lastly, I am sure if he doesn’t find anything, he will not become a proponent, but at least not as negative. Let them search. Then they should come to Mili and help me find all the other missing WWII AC. But not an Electra.

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  15. I seem to have developed a case of “conspiracy theorist” fever this morning. I have been told there is no cure, I am a hopeless case. Speculating here does alleviate some of the symptoms, though.

    Marlow began: Let’s revisit Captain Parker. First that doesn’t seem like a Norwegian name. So what was he doing at Majuro, anyway? Were the Japanese welcoming Western vessels? Did they trade with them? Apparently not, as they considered him a spy. His ship Blew up? Why? What happened to his crew? It doesn’t say they all were detained at Jaluit. No passengers are mentioned but it doesn’t say there were no passengers. Was anyone injured when the ship “blew up?” Is it possible there was a white man and woman on his ship? That were photographed on a pier at Jaluit? In fact, might Parker have taken pictures which were numbered ****78 and ****81 in the ONI files?

    The whole story is odd. Didn’t Les Kinney come across this info when he found No. ***81? What do Norwegian newspapers have to say about their ship at Majuro in 1937? Nothing in American newspapers? Was this actually an FDR spy operation? As always these stories never seem to add up. It does seem much more plausible to me that a couple of innocent passengers from Parker’s ship would be allowed to sit on the dock than AE and FN. How come none of the eyewitnesses to the flyer spies never mention Parker? He certainly seemed to get around OK on Jaluit. Heine’s son is still around, isn’t he? Does he recall Captain Parker? It makes me think “Hmmmm”

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    1. Captain Parker was NEVER on Majuro. He was taken to Arno and then to Jaluit. Majuro is 12 miles west of Arno, no connection, and 130 miles NE of Jaluit. His vessel was lost I presume somewhere within visual distance of Arno, and must have been picked up by a small craft off the southern beaches of Ine, or via a radio call to a nearby larger vessel, as no way to mount a rescue and drive out the northern channel and go around the entire atoll and find a life-raft in a day….and no clear details on this rescue, but he was lucky.

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      1. David Atchason

        Here’s the information, ……..9.3 km from Auch Island (can’t find that) my question is what was he doing there? Maybe knowing where Auch Island is located would help and I can’t find the article in Times of London March 1937 although somebody probably could. Maybe I’m making too much of Alfred Parker, but it shows there could have been white people on Jaluit in 1937 contrary to Les Kinney when he states “Who else could it be?” on the dock. I bought that line of reasoning up until I heard of this Captain Parker. Now I wonder. It would be interesting to see the crew list of the Fijian. In those days, unlike now, I think the crew could have been all Europeans and not Filipinos like now. Or so I would think. Why would the Norwegians name a ship of theirs the “Fijian”? What is going on here? Did History Channel know about Alfred Parker? If not, why not?
        https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_in_1937.html
        To go on about this, is it possible that Bilimon treated Captain Parker or an injured crew member or passenger from the Fijian? I will have to check TTAL.

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      2. Could they have been talking in 1937 about AUKLAND – Auk Land – Auch Land – Island????

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  16. David – did you see this link? Appears to be the text for that reference to the sinking of the Fijian in 19377:
    https://text-message.blogs.archives.gov/2017/07/20/captain-alfred-parker-on-jaluit-atoll-march-april-1937/

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    1. David Atchason | Reply

      Wolf, Thanks. That’s the link I originally found and cited. This guy, Greg Bradshers wrote about Captain Parker and he has a book about Japanese War Crimes, although he seems to specialize in Germany. Somebody, (me?) ought to contact him he seems very knowledgeable about Japan in WW2.

      Now, Captain Parker reported 3 destroyers and an aircraft carrier in Jaluit Harbor when he was there. I believe I have read opinion that the Japanese aircraft carrier the Akagi? was not there when AE was. Maybe not, but some aircraft carrier was, so that story about the Japanese flier FROM THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER shot her down or forced her down now seems most likely true. (As I always thought) .
      OK, if you don’t believe she was shot down by the Jap flier, then what she does is she approaches Mili from the Howland area, sees Mili Atoll which they may or may not know is Mili Atoll, but at least it’s land and they are low on fuel so she ditches the plane on the reef, very dangerous, but she has to.

      If the flier is telling the truth, then if she approaches Mili from Howland area, she is sighted and the word goes out to the aircraft carrier, they scramble? their fighter planes and it takes them at least an hour to get to Mili. So does she just kind of circle around to wait for them to get there and shoot her down? NO. What she is doing, has done, is flew over Kwajalein and other islands and now is on her way south to get to Howland, but the Japs catch up to her before she gets away. The Japs are well aware what she has done, they know she was not lost at all and she was spying. Case closed.

      I read up on Bilimon, and we have him treating a guy who is only a little taller than him and “a blonde.” To me that sounds like not AE and FN. It is probably Captain Parker’s crew or Parker himself and his wife. That’s my analysis for today and criticism is welcomed. I may learn something new.

      All Best,

      Dave

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      1. Bilimon told Bill Prymak the crewmen called the white woman with the white man that he was called out to treat, “Meelya, Meelya.” I think that’s pretty definitive, and certainly trumps your endless assumptions and speculations.

        And where did Parker ever say he was treated by a hospital corpsman on a Jap survey ship? Maybe I missed something.

        Mike C.

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      2. And don’t forget that Bilimon saw an aircraft slung on the after main deck of Koshu.

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      3. William H. Trail

        David,

        Make no mistake, Bilimon Amaron was a VERY important and rock solid witness who provided unimpeachable testimony. Believe it: it was absolutely AE and FN that he encountered on the Koshu.

        All best,

        William

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      4. Why do YOU think Bilimon Amram (the proper spelling) is a rock solid witness? Please explain for everyone why you or others think this? Matt

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      5. William H. Trail

        Matt,

        Rock solid witnesses are consistent with their testimony as Bilimon was. He was sought out and interviewed by numerous serious researchers and his testimony varied only slightly from one to another. By all accounts, Bilimon Araron was well known and highly respected by one and all. He was endorsed for his honesty by Robert Reimers.

        By the way, in 1989 Bilimon himself told Bill Prymak that his name was spelled A-m-a-r-o-n. Bilimon’s brother Paul later confirmed that spelling in 1997. I’ll spell it as Bilimon did. You may suit yourself.

        William

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    2. As with many posts by AE researchers and interested folks, you have presumptions upon presumptions without the knowledge background of prior research. 1. A number of researchers have determined there was no AC Carrier in Jaluit at that moment. Other ships may have been present. The Captains words may also have had additional liberal additions….2. The presumption is AE told the islanders on Mili, and then the Japanese that found here there, that she ran out of gas. 3. It was DARK over NAURU and the Gilberts, and the route was not directly overhead, nobody “saw” anything. It was a RDF plot only.

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    3. For the readers, I have lived in Majuro, since 1979. I also knew Bilimon, and his daughter, and wished I had also asked many more questions. I took Loomis to Mili in 1979. I took Prymak to Jaluit. I own a SCUBA and marine services company. I found the Jaluit TBD TIGHAR also wants. There ARE other AC in Mili lagoon, one near this site, probably the remains of a IJN VAL As all AE research, the devil is in the details, and soo many new and old folks simply ignore the details.

      So I have 3 new questions to stimulate the readership, and if Mike will allow, I can forward some photos and documents. 1. Sorry Les, there were no rails or wheels in Mili to remove the AC so quickly, as the Japanese Diet didn’t fund the Mili airbase until 1939. When tasked with a simple answer, I don’t grab the hardest one. Marshallese guys have dragged these small gauge RR wheels for use as moorings all over the place. Years ago I presented how th AC was easily removed, and it didn’t take rails and wheels and 40 guys, but the low profile coal lighters all these vessels carried. 2. Bilimon. Nice man. What was his job description and age in July 1937? He was a rock star, not a rock solid witness. Even so, I believe his core story, but Loomis (conman, yep I stand by it) and Prymak (wonderful man) WANTED the proper answers to their questions, and virtually ALL the witnesses quoted by everyone were all inter-related, lived together in Rita after the war, or very close by.

      Over time, all their stories merged. I know or knew most of them. This is a pretty classic Marshallese trait, and believe me, I have searched out hundreds of USA WWII MIA losses, AC and ships, and I have great detective skills honed by 40 years or asking questions, so I smile at some of the comments. Again, why is Bilimon such a solid witness to everyone, you all quote other persons quotes. I have my thoughts, what are yours? 3. Why doesn’t anyone show the proof that many have questioned…the proof that the Japanese had fortified the islands and had military hardware and ships in these lagoons BEFORE the AE forced landing in 1937? **but not in Mili, but almost everywhere else… Of course the Japanese dispute this, but they did…I have proof, and surprised others haven’t done this research. Happy to add this to the blog if Mike allows, with photos. I have 40 years of research, albeit 98% focused on USA WWII MIA recovery. But every Marshallese name you ever quote I am sure I can tell you a story of how and where, or not, it fits into these magical details. So start writing! I will respond when I can! Matt

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      1. Matt,

        I would love to put your photos and maps in the comments section, but wordpress doesn’t allow it. However, you are absolutely invited to write a post that will include any photos you wish to make whatever points you think are important. I ask only that you break it up into paragraphs and edit it for coherence. I’m sure you can do that easily.

        Just send it direct to my email address, mbcampbell29@aol.com.

        Thanks,
        Mike

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      2. Great. For starters, when was the concrete pier in Jabor harbor built?

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      3. The concrete pier has no definite known build date, but it was there in the late summer of 1935. So it was there during the AE loss. My best guess is based upon the growth of Jaluit as a commercial center once the Japanese South Seas Gov’t was in place, so I would say early 1930’s…33-34. Even so, most larger vessels couldn’t/woundn’t use it, as the angle of the pier to the channel and danger close to assorted escape angles if the winds changed. Other small piers and then a wharf were closer to the waterline and easier and safer to use.

        It is amazing how the Japanese installed massive machinery without any dock/pier/facility on some islands, being easier to make a dock at a logical safe spot and then running a small gauge RR track to the spot of the machinery need. A good research spot would be to locate all the NYK/NBK vessel histories and other schedules in which some describe the shore facilities, manager, etc. These companies list vessels used in Micronesia, and you could work backwords to ID all the commercial vessels in the harbor shown in the Japanese Coffee table book photo used by Les Kinney and History channel. No living Marshallese has a memory for the exact date on the Jaluit dock seen in the photo, but there was also a couple wooden piers near the site in this photo. Plus, FYI, no one in the Reimers family can tell you when the Japanese pier was made in Majuro, and it is literally in their own backyard in Rita.

        So Somebody in some Japanese construction company records in Japan has the plans and details…more research needed!! All of the AE mystery is in the details!!

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      4. Matt,

        Here we go again with the indigestible fallout from the ONI photo featured in the History Channel’s July 9, 2017 Earhart special, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.” In my July 28, 2017 post, “Marshalls release is latest twist in photo travesty”

        you can see an official-looking release by the Republic of the Marshalls Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated July 15, 2017 that says the dock in the ONI photo was built in 1936:

        So what are you telling us? That the Marshalls government release was wrong? Or worse, that it’s a fake? Worse things are happening elsewhere before our eyes. Not that it makes much of a difference whether the dock was built in 1935, ’36 or before those dates, but I for one would like to know the truth.

        Mike C.

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      5. That’s exactly what I am telling you, there was no Marshall Islands Government in 1937, and this “info” release was later disputed, as the person that issued it didn’t have a clue. If there were any “Government” records, they would be held at Alele Museum, the RMI National Museum, created in the 70’s, and BTW, and guess what, I was the Vice-Chairman for a dozen years until last year (I went on vacation) , and I have looked at EVERY PIECE OF PAPER AND DOCUMENT in the Museum. I actually suggested the RMI have an AE event every year, but that went nowhere. Best way to determine the Jaluit Dock build officially is to source out the detailed funding for the South Sea Government from the Japanese Diet authorizations. That’s how I know when the Mili airbase was funded (39) and started (41) and completed (42). Some of this data may also be in the US Trust Territory sources, but I only know one guy still alive of that era, and he’s smart and sharp, and he doesn’t know. And yet the presumption was she was treated on the vessel, not on shore, so what does this dock matter to THIS topic? It DOES matter to other topics, like the other vessels in the photo.

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      6. The question is not whether the Marshalls had a government in 1937. The question is when was the dock built? You sound as if you’re closer to all this that the rest of us, and you say the alleged July 15, 2017 document was “disputed.” Who disputed and who then issued the July 15, 2017 Republic of the Marshalls document? Do you have any idea? The only follow up was done by Joel Freedman, who called their embassy and was told the document was legit. For those interested, here’s what I wrote in the July 28, 2017 post:

        “It’s interesting to note that there is no Internet site for the Republic of the Marshall Islands; the closest I can find to an online presence is a website for the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United States of America.

        “The obvious question is, who are the “your” referred to in the first line of the press release? Closely following that, we can ask who besides Rich Martini and TIGHAR, who I’ve been told also has posted it, was this release sent to? Surely they weren’t the only recipients of this highly significant statement from the Marshallese government. I think it’s perfectly obvious that the Marshalls statement was sent to many, if not every major player in the American media. How Martini and TIGHAR obtained it is irrelevant. What is relevant is that no one else in our media has paid any attention to it.

        Joel Freedman, of Canandaigua, N.Y., who writes letters and editorials to newspapers locally and nationally in support of the truth, contacted the Marshalls Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was informed that the press release did originate with the Marshallese government. So at least we know this is a legitimate document.”

        Mike

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      7. I believe John Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs, discarded the press release. He is the FA boss, and he nor his Secretary issued it. While it is common local lore AE force landed on Mili, like the rest of the AE Universe, no one has positive proof. NO ONE in 2017 in the RMI Ministry of Foreign Affairs had this knowledge of the Jaluit dock, because this knowledge was never known to any of them or held there. But they did have a happy person that was probably asked to issue the release. Good and interesting PR. Lots of wanabes in the AE world. It was never worth my time to seek out the culprit, as it was discarded a few days after the big History Channel release was discredited.

        And again, I do believe AE landed on Mili and passed through Jaluit, and did end up on Saipan, where she died. But as a researcher, I can sadly only prove the errors and mis-claims, but yes, I do want the truth, but I wont invent it to sell tickets… Which has always been my conflict with the Gillespie folks, and others, especially some of the authors now used as “sources”, when they are not. When I swim by an Electra-10 Underwater someday I will send you a photo, but until then, I can only work with a court type preponderance of evidence to submit my ideas, that I think I pretty well worked out and correct, but I too am human, and may make errors. Details. Time. Wish Ballard luck in finding or not finding something, since it seems our taxes are paying for part of it… Matt Holly

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      8. Mr. Silk might have “discarded” the release, as you say, but he didn’t bother to inform anyone out here about it, to my knowledge. From the start that document looked a bit shaky to me, but it was said to be legit by whoever Joel Freedman called, by real telephone, at the Marshallese Embassy in Washington. So at the least, the RMI has little credibility with this document. Now you tell us it’s been “discarded.” That’s good to know, you could have let us know before two years passed.

        As for Ballard, you can wish him luck. I wish him to be done with this charade quickly and without adding more lies to the already brimming pot of lies that the Earhart search has become. Just today, Aug. 12, the New York Times, National Geographic and Fox News all published brand new hyperbolic disinformation pieces about Ballard’s search, as if they’re preparing us for his grand discovery of the Earhart Holy Grail. But we’ve seen this crap before, so many times since 1989, that it’s getting really, really old now. Still they persist, because they have nothing else to offer except the hated truth, which they will never do.

        Mike C.

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      9. Well your correct on most of this commentary, I read the current infro-mercial press release//stories, and the focus is on a little itsy bitsy piece of something sticking outta the water that some solves the mystery. Now if Ballard is going to go sweep a 20mile x 20 mile box NE of the island, I would think better of the attempt.

        I didn’t know anyone who took the RMI press release seriously. I believe the release literally didn’t have a name, just Min of FA. I am sure you could have called again and gotten a different story. Everyone here wants it to be true and grab all the PR for the country, me too!…BUT, very simply, there is no preponderance of facts to support such claims.
        I will write you a story and about related research, and let you ponder if it fits into the grand AE picture. Matt Holly

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      10. Matt,

        Since you DO believe AE landed at Mili, passed through Jaluit and died on Saipan, what, in your view, is the strongest evidence to support that?

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        Matt,

        You wrote, “Why doesn’t anyone show the proof that many have questioned…the proof that the Japanese had fortified the islands and had military hardware and ships in these lagoons BEFORE the AE forced landing in 1937? **but not in Mili, but almost everywhere else… Of course the Japanese dispute this, but they did…I have proof, and surprised others haven’t done this research.”

        If you have proof, why sit on it? It’s potential dynamite. Why not put it out there for the entire world to see? What’s stopping you?

        As for Bilimon Amaron, I understand you have insights from having lived in the Marshall Islands for so long and from actually knowing him. However, I stand firm by my assessment of him:

        Bilimon remained consistent in his story through the years with only slight variation in his account from interviewer to interviewer, and he never embellished. That is a key indicator of veracity. There are others here.

        Bilimon had a reputation among the Marshallese people for his honesty. An opinion voiced by no less than the much-respected Robert Reimers, who said of Bilimon, “You will never find a more honest man.” If Bilimon was any other way, someone would have expressed a negative opinion. From all accounts, the man seems to be a straightforward, uncomplicated soul with not a hint of guile in him.

        To my knowledge, Bilimon never sought fame or to profit in any way from his encounter with AE and FN on the Koshu at Jaluit. Another key indicator of veracity.

        Again, to my knowledge, all who interviewed Bilimon Amaron always sought him out, never the other way around. Yet another indication of veracity.

        Of course, there is no physical proof of Bilimon’s encounter with AE and FN on the Koshu, such as photographs, fingerprints, or DNA to satisfy the naysayers and doubters among us. And, any potential corroborating witnesses to back up Bilimon are long dead so, no first-hand sources anymore. However, it is my opinion as someone with years of investigative experience both in the military and civilian Federal service that Bilimon’s story falls into that special category of “you just can’t make this shit up.” It’s too simple. It’s too straightforward. Truth is simple. Lies and deceit are complicated. I ought to know. I solved a few stone-cold whodunit’s in my careers.

        That the Marshallese people’s stories all start blending together is nothing new, nor is it something exclusive to their society or culture. Try conducting interviews of referenced and developed Sources as part of a Special Background Investigation (SBI) — used to adjudicate someone’s suitability for a position of trust and responsibility with access to highly classified information — in some rural place where EVERYBODY is related to, grew up with, went to school with, or otherwise knows the SUBJECT of the investigation like family. This sort of thing transcends culture and is to be expected. It’s part of the human condition.

        Lastly, before he died in 1996, Bilimon Amaron essentially made a “deathbed statement” to family, and related to Bill Prymak by Bilimon’s brother Paul, to “be sure to tell Joe and Bill, and the rest who asked about Amelia that my story is true.” Whether you believe in a Supreme Being and an eternal hereafter or not, most people usually don’t waste their last, precious few breaths, heartbeats, and words on falsehoods except maybe to protect a loved one. This was not the case.

        William

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      12. To Matt…Many of us await all your evidence on AE. Please send what you promised to Mike C, ASAP. I am truly interested in your findings of the IJN submarine and other WW2 ships or planes thought to be sunk around Baker and Howland Islands. After the NatGeo AE search now underway, there will be a search by Nautilus around Baker and Howland, so if you were in charge of that search, where approximately would you concentrate your efforts, knowing the ROVs won’t be less than 200 meters deep around the islands. What specific evidence is there that shows the likely location?

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      13. Well if they are just doing a search around NIK with ROV’s to the depth you state I doubt they will find anything at all. Not even tiger prawn for dinner. I was expecting a search in the massive search box to the NE where many think she may have force landed. As far as publishing, I am working on it. My main concern was how to get it to the most people, make a YouTube, etc., but have decided to have Dirk Spennemann publish it on his website: http://marshall.csu.edu.au/

        This will be the easiest way for everyone to see and find it again if search for. Now that Dirk has said ok, I now have to meet his standards. So my simple story needs more meat, and thus all the AE folks need to hang on a bit more. I taught Dirk how to SCUBA dive, actually took him to Mili in the late 80’s, he taught me how to be a better researcher. Fun times. More coming.

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      14. Matt…Thanks for sharing your vast experience. I have read many of Dirks writings. I assume he is back in Australia? I’m curious to know what cert agency you are certified to teach under? PADI, NAUI, etc? You still teach in Majuro?

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      15. I am a NAUI Active instructor, #5074, 1978. San Diego. Got my 40 year pin. Currently teaching the RMI Public Safety class, 2 Sea Patrol, 1 Policeman, 1 Fireman. Teaching always fun, making solid divers. Will be teaching outer island ladies (Mili and Arno) shortly. There is always something new to see underwater, no matter what place or what day… It makes me smile.
        Dirk is a good friend. He is also a writing machine. I wish I could plug into his brain (AND Father Hezel’s too). He is also very active in OZ. Matt

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  17. David Atchason | Reply

    Mike,
    Your point is well taken. I confess I’m only wildly speculating. Is it really a critical issue that AE and FN were sighted by Bilimon on Jaluit? They still take her to Saipan eventually. I would like to hear a lot more about Parker and his crew. Maybe the Times of London has a story about him and the Fijian. I’m going to try to contact Brashers and see if he has the info on Parker. Maybe he fits the description better than FN and maybe there is a blonde woman on the ship. It still doesn’t mean that much, I don’t think. Stay tuned.

    Dave

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    1. By 1993 Fred Goerner has used Parker and the Fijian as excuses to completely throw out this earlier belief of Earhart and Noonan’s Mili landing. My discussion of this starts on p. 172 of Truth at Last. Most of us give Goerner a pass on this, but there’s never been a satisfactory explanation, besides Goerner’s reliance on the letters of one Eric Sussman, a young Peace Corps worker, who apparently convinced Goerner that the early Marshalls witnesses were wrong. This was after Bilimon was found by Goerner in 1975 and others like Loomis in the late 1970s, which should have sealed the deal, but Goerner remained unfazed and died in 1994. I think he simply lost his ability to focus due to the debilitating effects of the cancer that would take his life at age 69, far too early.

      Recall also that Goerner was completely fooled by Gen. Wallace Greene when he told Goerner he knew nothing about the Electra on Saipan, as well as by Tracy Griswold when he told Goerner he never heard of Henson and Burks and never led a grave-digging detail. Despite these huge errors of judgment, Fred Goerner is still considered by most as the greatest of all Earhart researchers.

      Mike

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  18. Off topic but a very interesting bio of Richard Black:

    http://www.usas1939.org/richard.black/

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  19. Sorry, it will go to this website when complete…http://marshall.csu.edu.au/MJHSS/ This site also has assorted other Micronesian research. have fun.

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  20. For the latest “exclusive” on the search, go to the NationalGeographic.com website and scroll down to the Exclusive on AE.

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      Mike,

      Thanks for the heads-up on the National Geographic online article. I just checked it out. Please note how Nat Geo’s map of the Pacific conveniently omits the Marshall Islands. Additionally, the very nice “cut-away” artwork of the Electra depicts Fred Noonan in the right, or copilot seat when he should have been at his navigator’s station. Also, I do NOT recall reading anywhere that NR16020 was ever equipped at anytime with a toilet. Really? Did I miss something? Or, was it removed in Miami along with the trailing wire antenna? Don’t answer that, I’m just cracking wise!

      All best,

      William

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  21. Yet another story, this time from the New York Times, but with more specifics on what caused Bob Ballard to risk his reputation and with a little help from our fantastic government! Didn’t our government lie in the first place? Interesting reading…https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/science/amelia-earhart-search-robert-ballard.html?fbclid=IwAR35ZWHZg9zqVz1PzsFcLchUNymXQDqYxyspcI1cwLmRqSH0YL8uzQzI3zA.

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  22. I’m really curious now if the TIGHAR-ousted archeologist Tom King is now with the Nautilus/Ballard crew helping Nat Geo search the land? Several calls to him are unanswered. Perhaps few know about the fallout and “parting ways” between the Gillespie-controlled TIGHAR and Tom King, who was their star archeologist. The following is what Tom posted in September 2018…

    On August 31st, in a special telephonic session, the Board of Directors of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) voted to expel me from its ranks. The vote was not unanimous, but the fix was obviously in, and I did not complicate matters by participating in the kangaroo court. I have accordingly resigned my membership in TIGHAR altogether.

    My sin, it is said, is “conflict of interest.” No one has explained to me precisely what this conflict is, but from what I can make out, it goes like this:

    1. After the 2010 expedition, Ric Gillespie decided that since we’d not found a smoking gun on land, we should henceforth focus on underwater work. I vigorously disagreed, and was ignored. At this point it’s implied that I should have shut up, but I didn’t.

    2. I added insult to injury — or maybe injury to insult — by conspiring with Betchart Expeditions, National Geographic, and others to carry out the 2015 and 2017 trips to the island, continuing on-land (as well as underwater) research.

    They may not have been discussed in the Board’s proceedings, but as evidence of my evil ways, at various times in the last few months, I’ve been accused of:

    A. Maintaining the AmeliaEarhartArchaeology blog;
    B. Publishing the novel Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED; and
    C. Failing to support Ric’s insistence on a substantial upfront payment from Betchart Expeditions and/or National Geographic as the price of TIGHAR support for the 2017 trip.

    What can I say to these charges but mea culpa?

    Some months ago, in view of my multiple sins, I was asked to resign from the Board. After some equivocation I agreed to do so IF two things could be guaranteed:

    1. That TIGHAR would establish ways to ensure that its data and collections (including those held in trust for Kiribati) were kept secure and cared for properly (As things stand, Ric can throw out whatever he decides isn’t interesting); and

    2. That TIGHAR would not use its Antiquities Management Agreement with the government of Kiribati to block legitimate research in Kiribati by non-TIGHAR researchers.

    In the immediate run-up to the August 31 meeting I was advised that neither condition was acceptable. Thus the die was cast.

    Although I am no longer a part of TIGHAR, I want to assure my readers that I remain deeply interested in solving the Earhart/Noonan disappearance mystery, and intend to continue to work with Betchart Expeditions, National Geographic, the Archaeological Legacy Institute, and others to pursue its solution, to the extent any of them wish for me to do so. I will continue to maintain this blog to keep everyone informed of progress. I’ve contemplated organizing a new group to carry out such work — perhaps Lugubrious Luddites Investigating Old Nonsense (LLION) or Bewildered Enthusiasts for Ancient Relics ‘n Ruins (BEARR), but oh my, I think I’ll skip it.

    I want to thank all those who’ve worked on the project over the years for your efforts and collegial friendship. I’m happy to correspond — tomking106@gmail.com.

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