Papua New Guinea to build Earhart Memorial

Longtime reader and pilot William Trail recently sent me the announcement from Papua New Guinea that plans are officially underway to build a memorial to Amelia Earhart.  Not only is an Earhart memorial in the works, as we see in the story that appeared on June 10 in The World News (a site previously unknown to me that claims billions of views), but officials planto launch a scholarship fund for women and girls to enhance their knowledge of science and technology.

That sounds worthwhile, does it not?  Much better, however, would be a scholarship fund that awards the best non-fiction essay revealing the truth about what happened to Earhart and Fred Noonan after they went missing on July 2, 1937, without the smoke, mirrors, lies and distortions, with a full scholarship to the college or university of the winner’s choice.  Pigs will fly. 

Needless to say, this story got no traction, nobody in this country knows about it and less care.  For the record, I present the entire maudlin article below, and will follow with a few comments.  The photo of the pathetic Earhart memorial already on PNG was not in the original but was added by this editor.

Today, acting Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gary Sali, head of public affairs from the U.S. Embassy, Damian Wampler, and PNG Tribal Foundation signed the MoU to formally agree and enter a partnership.

The idea was formed after U.S. Ambassador, Erin McKee, visited Morobe Province and saw a need to create a statue to honour [sic] the legendary pioneer aviator.

Since then, the three parties have joined in partnership not only to build a statue in her honour, but to launch a scholarship fund for women and girls to enhance their knowledge of science and technology.

At the MoU signing ceremony at Matheson Library, Dr. Sali said: “The Papua New Guinea University of Technology is proud to provide a way not only to honour this brave woman, but to create a lasting partnership between the United States and Papua New Guinea that began 125 years ago in 1937.”

This year July marks the 85th anniversary of Amelia’s disappearance and 125th anniversary of her birth.

Head of public affairs from the U.S. Embassy, Damian Wampler, said: One hundred percent of the population needs to be educated. We hope that this memorial, and the scholarship fund, will motivate women and men, girls and boys, students, faculty and staff in Lae to push the boundaries of science and technology every day.

CEO of the PNG Tribal Foundation, GT Bustin, added that the memorial will serve as a reminder that with determination and courage, women can achieve any height.  And the scholarship fund, which will be created by generous donations from American companies and individuals, will award scholarships for PNG women and girls who want to reach even greater heights in scientific fields.

This is the current Amelia Earhart Memorial on Lae, Papua New Guinea, somewhere near the old airstrip where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan took off on July 2, 1937.  It’s understandable that a few might want to upgrade it, and one can only wonder why it took so long.  Commenting on this sad “monument” on a tourist website, one reader wrote, “Seriously? Why there is a cannon next to it is anybody’s guess.  You must stop and visit just to say that you have seen the world’s silliest tourist attraction!  Trip advisor you are scraping the bottom of the barrel for this one.”  Another opined, “A stone with a plaque and a gun turret is all that’s here and it’s in a very small park that is not well kept at all.  It is not very safe for tourists in that area as well. Very sad to see that it’s called a memorial.  Give it a miss!”

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology and partners will break ground on the memorial site in July after a design is chosen through open competition.

The winning design concept will win K1500.

About Amelia: A brave young woman from the state of Kansas in the United States, Amelia Earhart made herself America’s most popular aviator by pushing the boundaries of flight. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set records for distance and high altitude flying, and became an inspiration for women and girls around the world. She conceived the idea of becoming the first person to fly all the way around the world. She almost made it. But three weeks before her 40th birthday, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific, last seen by the public in Lae on July 2, 1937 (End of The World News story.)

Few if any fliers from the Golden Age of Aviation have been as honored, memorialized and glorified as Amelia Earhart.  Only recently has the multi-generational dumbing down of America succeeded in creating so many millions of functional illiterates that even Earhart’s name has slightly faded as one that virtually all know, like Michael Jordan or Donald Trump. 

It’s not surprising that the original idea for this memorial came whenU.S. Ambassador, Erin McKee, visited Morobe Province and saw a need to create a statue to honour the legendary pioneer aviator.” (Italics mine.)  Really?  When has any American public official or personality — elected, appointed, popular or otherwise — given a rat’s behind about honoring Amelia Earhart in the true sense of that word?  You know the answer.

After 85 years of lies, the only way to properly honor Amelia Earhart is to finally come clean and admit the truth of her horrific Saipan death at the hands of the prewar Japanese military, in the case of elected government officials or bureaucrats, or to publicly and vocally support that truth, which one can find here and in several book titles found throughout this blog and available to anyone who can read at a sixth-grade level.  No one described above has ever done this, a testament to the verboten nature of the Earhart truth and its sacred cow status in Washington and in the American and world media.  When it comes to Amelia Earhart and the truth, all are cowards who lack the fortitude to step out from the government-media mob that dictates their compliance.  

Josephine Blanco Akiyama, left, the first and arguably most important of all the eyewitnesses to the presence of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on Saipan in 1937, and Marie Castro answer a few questions at the Amelia Earhart Memorial Committee’s reception for Josephine at the Garapan Fiesta Resort and Spa Oct. 9, 2018.

While erecting an Earhart memorial on Papua New Guinea might be nice, considering the embarrassment that currently passes for one there, it’s not as if the people of PNG are clamoring for one.  After all, Lae was just one of many landing-and-jumping-off points on the fliers’ world flight, a facility where they stopped, refueled and pulled themselves together for what promised to be the most difficult leg of their round-the-world-flight, the 2,556-mile ocean trip to Howland Island.  The fact that Lae was the last place the Earhart Electra was seen taking off is certainly significant, but not in the sense that a memorial belongs there, as one does on Saipan.

Contrary to Erin McKee’s vision of a “need to create a statue” in honor of Earhart, there’s never been any call or demand for such a monument on Papua New Guinea.  This is simply another low-class, sleazy political move, another distraction, likely born of the U.S.  establishment’s knowledge that a few good souls on Saipan are still longing for an Earhart Memorial Monument that is very much needed, and long overdue, but which is vigorously opposed by the political class that controls this island territory of the United States, and which owes its fealty to that establishment. 

If you’re new here, you might ask why the fuss about an Earhart monument on Saipan.  It’s really quite simple.  The politicos know that the presence of such a shrine on the island where Earhart and Fred Noonan met their ends would raise too many questions, draw too much attention and could eventually become a huge step toward final disclosure in the Earhart disappearance.  This must be avoided at all costs.

Meanwhile on Saipan, the long-suffering Marie Castro is surrounded by snakes and has endured unending official lies and overwhelming rejection during the past several years in her quest to establish an Amelia Earhart Saipan Memorial Monument, and nothing has changed.   

“I believe [getting] support from the government is a hopeless case, Marie wrote in a recent email.  “The Memorial Monument that I proposed on Saipan for Amelia Earhart was [based on] the actual evidence from local people who described what they saw and became the most significant history of Saipan.  Saipan is the island she was known to have last lived.  Papua, New Guinea is the second island to propose a memorial for the first woman who dared circumnavigate the world.  I hope that the world would eventually acknowledge what has been suppressed for 85 years ago.

For much more about Marie Castro and her unbuilt Amelia Earhart Saipan Memorial Monument, please click here.

12 responses

  1. What condition is the lighthouse in on Howland Island? Im sure its not a tourist destination on everybody’s list, but the last picture I saw, it was in a sad shape.
    The govt will admit the Saipan deal as soon as they admit the Warren Commission report was crap.


    1. William H. Trail | Reply


      You make an excellent point. And, I’d bet that those who believe that LHO was the lone assassin also believe “splashed and sank.”

      All best,



  2. While encouraging, one would hope that this country’s government would finally step forward and admit what they have always known.


  3. “It is not very safe in that area for tourists as well.” Not because of headhunters, hopefully.


  4. The reason the statute hasn’t been cared for left and left to ruin is because governments involved in the cover up doesn’t want anything to bring attention to the Amelia Earhart topic . . . at all


  5. Rather than fretting too much about what Saipan and New Guinea are doing, I wondered today what we are doing here in the USA for Earhart. I found out they are putting a statue of her in the US capitol in DC this month on July 27. They also have a nice Electra at the museum in Achison. That exhibit opens in 2023.


    1. Do you think anyone in D.C. or Atchison will present the truth at the dedication ceremonies? I’m doing what I can right here, and in my books. Sorry, but I’m not going to D.C., make a scene and join the poor Jan. 6 prisoners, who linger without trials in solitary at the hands of the wicked, illegal regime in Washington.

      Here’s the link for the PR Web story:

      “Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation Announces Unveiling of Amelia Earhart Statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, July 27”

      Here’s link for Smithsonian story:

      “Amelia Earhart Statue Finally Arrives at U.S. Capitol”


      1. William H. Trail


        I think we’d all be about as welcome at that statue unveiling and reception as a rattlesnake at the parish picnic.

        Guaranteed, no one attending will utter the words, “Japanese capture,” or “Saipan.”

        All best,



    2. Here’s a link from another aviation website just recently posted about the DC dedication ceremony:

      “10-Foot Amelia Earhart Statue To Be Unveiled At US Capitol”

      I get the impression from the article that the sponsor of the ceremony isn’t interested in the TRUTH about her demise, except perhaps parroting the politically-correct “splash-and-sank” or Gillespie claim. But one of the readers commented about Robert Ballard’s expedition around Nikumaroro noting Ballard concluded, “They know where the plane isn’t”.


  6. I absolutely love the jocularity in this latest Earhart email. I’m always glad when people tell it like it is and do it so creatively. I agree with all that you said except for one tiny bit of hair-splitting. I don’t believe the Japanese executed Amelia. I believe that she was alive and I’ll just use the phrase-friendly fire. I believe that she was too valuable a hostage to them.

    I believe that when they ordered her plane to be burned to a crisp-after all, the Japanese had the plane from 1937 until the troops landed there in 44-why wouldn’t they have kept her alive for their own benefit. No, I believe she was was the last evidence of the truth and they had to terminate her. They meaning “friendly fire.” If Amelia was executed on Saipan, then someone would have known exactly where she was buried. I’m not trying to be difficult and I am certainly NOT trying to disrespect any of the theories that have been suggested. So please don’t take an offense. I read somewhere-perhaps hear a couple of years ago, that the secret service or cia accompanied Putnam to Saipan to retrieve Amelia’s remains so he could bring them back the the USA. So I’ll just finish with, only the people who killed her would know where her remains were.

    If that story is pure bunk, then I still believe that Amelia was not killed by the Japanese but met her death by friendlier fire..and maybe that fire was within the cockpit of the plane itself. I may be nuttier than the mad hatter, but sometimes someone else’s crazy idea spurs a fragment of truth down the line. best to all. And may Amelia, for heaven’s sake, finally get justice.


    1. Ms. Madama,

      Have you read Truth at Last? You comment indicates that you have not. Much evidence suggests that Amelia died of dysentery, which makes your statement that they didn’t execute her quite correct.

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  7. Thanks so much for jotting me the great comments. I read all of your amazing emails. They are my special weekend treats that I look forward to reading and I think you are amazing for what you have amassed. I have read about the dysentery and I certainly can’t argue with it. I’ve gathered quite a collection about Amelia myself, but I can’t compare it to anything that all of you have amassed and collated so beautifully. I’m glad that we are in accord that the Japanese and I can only hope that all of our continued comments will continue until Amelia-our Gal-will have the justice she so richly deserves.


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