December 7, 1941. It’s a day all Americans remember as the day Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor and entire tragedy you found in every history book across the country, but one story you won’t find in any book is the attack on Japanese soil at Laderan Banadero.
Laderan Banadero, also known as Suicide Cliff, is located right above the Marpi Point Field in Saipan, which achieved historic significance late in World War II. In 1944, during the height of World War II, Suicide Cliff was the location where hundreds of Japanese civilians and Japanese soldiers committed suicide by jumping to their deaths in 1944 in order to avoid capture by the United States.
The precise number of suicides there is not known. By 1976, a park and peace memorial was in place and the location had become a pilgrimage destination, particularly for visitors from Japan. In that year, 9-acre (3.6 ha) of the site were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. via