Banadero is located at the northern tip of Saipan Island. Also known as "Laderan Banadero".
Popularly known as "Last Japanese Command Post", but this a misnomer.
On July 9, 1944 from a cave in Paradise Valley Japanese Army Lt. General Saito issued the order for the remaining Japanese troops on Saipan to perform a gyokusai (honorable suicide) against American forces. On July 9, 1944 he and and Navy Admiral Nagumo committed seppuku, the same day Saipan was declared secure by American forces.
Laderan Banadero (Suicide Cliff)
Just above the Okinawa Peace Memorial is Suicide Cliff.
From this 800 foot all cliff, hundreds of Japanese soldiers jumped
250 meters to their deaths rather than surrender.
Banadero Memorial Park (Okinawa Peace Memorial)
Today, there is a memorial and several relics including a Type 95 Ha Go and guns. The Okinawa Peace Memorial is nearby. This monument was established during the late 1970s in part by the efforts of Stephen Atkin.
Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank
Displayed Banadero Memorial Park
Puntan Sabaneta (Banzai Cliff)
Bluff overlooking the ocean, where Japanese civilians committed
suicide. just north of Suicide Cliff. Encouraged by Japanese
troops, and told that they would be killed and raped by the Americans,
women and children plunged to their death in sight of American soldiers
who pleaded with them in Japanese not to jump. After the war surplus
equipment was dumped off Banzai Cliff rather than ship it home. Divers
have termed the place 'Million Dollar Hole'. Today there is a memorial
and park at this location.
During 1968, a crew from the Trust Territory Department of Public Words led by Stephen Atkin collected and detonated 2,100 tons of explosives largely collected from the Marpi area and placed them at the base of "Banzai Cliff". The resulting explosion caused a wave that crashed several feet above the cliff where the crew had taken cover and nearly washed several out to sea.
Marianas Variety News & Views "Demolition expert
Aiken dies" June 24, 1983
Pacific Daily News "Aiken had one of most explosive jobs" June 29, 1983
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January 11, 2018