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Local author talks about ‘very important piece’ of Saipan history

LOCAL author Marie Soledad C. Castro on Friday presented an hour-long slide show on Mike Campbell’s book titled, “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last — Propaganda Versus Fact in the Disappearance of America’s First Lady of Flight.”

The presentation was held at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and featured Chamorro elders who said they saw Amelia Earhart on Saipan in 1937.

“This is a big thing,” Castro said, “a very important piece of history that happened on our island.”

Castro is also vice chairwoman of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument Inc. which aims to construct a monument to Earhart on Saipan.

Castro believes Earhart “was brought here by the Japanese military and detained on the island until she died.”

Local author Marie Soledad Camacho Castro, standing, talks about Amelia Earhart at the Joeten-Kiyu Library on Friday.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoLocal author Marie Soledad Camacho Castro, standing, talks about Amelia Earhart at the Joeten-Kiyu Library on Friday. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

She added, “It’s time to honor the two Americans heroes,” she said, referring to Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan.

Castro is author of “Without a Penny in My Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After WWII.”

Oscar Camacho, head of the monument site selection group, said they will pursue the construction of a monument in the old Japanese jail area.  Chamorro elders said Earhart was detained in that jail.

The area is in the National Register of Historic Places, and Camacho says they are just waiting for the approval of the CNMI Museum board.

Their group, he added, continues to solicit donations to fund the construction of the monument.

Proponents earlier said the monument would be constructed near the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and would cost at least $200,000.