Members of our team back on the East Coast conducted an interview with Richard "Rick" Spooner, decorated US Marine veteran of the battle of Saipan. Those familiar with History Channel broadcasts may recognize him as "the living historian of the Marine Corps."
|Major Rick Spooner USMC|
Meanwhile, digging has begun on one of our key sites at Naftan point. Captain Paul Cooper was in action today, tearing apart one of our key sites near the airfield.
|Photo by Robert Rustin|
And in Tokyo, Rich Martini made an unscheduled visit to the nation's archive for Army and Naval history. Together with a translator, who helped Rich navigate the thousands of records that are kept there, they pored over accounts of prisoners of war that are kept in the archive. Specifically looking for a list of prisoners who were kept in the Garapan Jail from 1937 to 1944.
|Translator Katori in front of the Defense Archives (no pictures allowed!)|
|"Earhart permission to fly over Japan" is how this file is labeled.|
However, we have an eye witness who saw the latter two with one of the former - the female in question - in May of 1944. That would have placed three Americans in the Garapan jail as late as May of 1944, and just a few weeks from the onset of the Battle for Saipan.
Which is pretty startling to think of it.
|Sunset over Tokyo|