ADMIRAL NIMITZ MUSEUM BETRAYS NAMESAKE
REJECTS NIMITZ-FRED GOERNER LEGACY,
BOOK THAT PRESENTS TRUTH IN EARHART CASE
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz must be spinning in his grave these days.
The celebrated World War II hero, the Navy's last five-star admiral, who once commanded over two million men and women in arms, passed away in 1966. Shortly before he died, Nimitz told San Francisco radio newsman Fred Goerner, "Now that you're going to Washington, Fred, I want to tell you [Amelia] Earhart and her navigator did go down in the Marshalls and were picked up by the Japanese."
Nimitz's words to Goerner are well known to anyone familiar with the saga of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Goerner
traveled to Saipan four times in search of the lost aviatrix during the early 1960's, and he found enough eyewitnesses and other evidence that Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, died on Saipan sometime after they were lost in July 1937 to write the bestseller, THE SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART. Goerner often told his friends that if Admiral Nimitz had not told him he was on the right track in the Earhart case, he might never have written his famous book.
MIKE CAMPBELL'S BOOK BLOCKED
Forty-six years later, another important book about the Earhart mystery, AMELIA EARHART, THE TRUTH AT LAST (see related stories box below), was published, and its bottom line is much the same as Goerner's. Author Mike Campbell admits he owes a great deal to Goerner and his pioneering work on the Earhart mystery, and says much of the new material presented in TRUTH AT LAST comes from Goerner's personal files, which have been housed in the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas, for several years. "Without the help of the Nimitz Museum archivists during my years of research," Campbell said, TRUTH AT LAST would not be the book it is today."
Therefore Campbell was understandably shocked when the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Museum Store rudely rejected his book recently, telling him that its "subject matter is not part of our mission of WWII in the Pacific Theater at this museum," according to the retail sales manager, who will remain nameless.
We think both Nimitz and Fred Goerner would strongly disagree, as does Campbell, who wrote a letter to Laura Nelson, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation's executive assistant, and Joe Cavanaugh, the museum's director, asking that they reconsider their manager's decision and "do the right thing regarding AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST and its most important message." Campbell's letter was ignored, a blatant display of arrogance that we find very troubling.
SEND MUSEUM A MESSAGE
Campbell says the main message of TRUTH AT LAST, that Earhart and Noonan died on Saipan in Japanese captivity, is still extremely unpopular in the mainstream media, which has so ignored the book, that it remains unknown to most of the public. He devotes a chapter in TRUTH AT LAST, titled "The Establishment's Contempt for the Truth" to explaining why the media is so adverse to what he and many others are convinced is the truth about Earhart;'s fate.
But why does the Admiral Nimitz Museum, supposedly devoted to the memory of the great Navy warrior, also detest the truth - or at least refuse to carry a book that proclaims an important piece of it, one that its namesake shared with Fred Goerner - in the Earhart case?
Could the museum's editorial policies be related to the fact that it receives most of its funding from the U.S. Government, which TRUTH AT LAST argues persuasively has been heavily invested in suppressing the facts about Earhart's fate since the earliest days of her loss? It's worth considering. We have a suggestion.
Unless and until the Admiral Nimitz Museum opens up its bookstore to AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST, we suggest you withhold your donations to the Nimitz Foundation. How about taking that money and buy a copy of Campbell's outstanding book, while you're at it (click on the book cover above)? And let the powers that be there know what you have done, and why.