by Bob Gribble
FORTY YEARS AGO - June 1948: At approximately 11 pm on the 29th, a luminous oval-shaped object similar to a meat platter was seen rolling along on its edge over Uniontown, Pennsylvania. It appeared to be going very fast since it disappeared in about five to 10 seconds. It was without sound or odor but seemed to have a tail which extended about a yard or so. Five minutes later, witnesses saw a second object and after another five minute interval a third object was observed. They appeared in the southwest and flew to the northeast. The objects passed over the Oakland Street area or just to the side of it. They traveled at about 1000 feet and then disappeared behind the houses across the street from the witnesses.
THIRTY FIVE YEARS AGO –June 1953: At 11:10 pm on the 10th, an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan, observed a large bright object that was white or light yellow in color, round in shape and larger than a star. This object moved from a high westerly position in a falling arc toward the north, and then leveled off, and proceeded at a high rate of speed to the north in a straight line. The object was visible for a period of 60 seconds and disappeared over the northern horizon. There was no sound, trail, or exhaust. Several airmen in the control tower at Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, observed a UFO at 7:45 pm on the 16th for approximately five minutes. The object was elliptical in shape, and appeared to be the size of a 4 x by 9-inch envelope held at arm’s length. No aerodynamic features, trail, exhaust, or propulsion system were noted. The object disappeared quickly, like a light being turned off. Witnesses said the object was similar to a cloud of smoke through which a light was shining. Clarence O. Dargie was a sergeant in the operations center at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and date unknown, when radar picked up a UFO and a jet was immediately “scrambled” to intercept the craft. As the plane climbed to 1500 feet to level off, all systems on the aircraft suddenly stopped working. “That was nearly impossible because each system had a separate power source,” Dargie said. “If one source stopped working, the rest would continue to operate. But for some strange reason, all the systems were out.” As the plane started to take a nose dive, the pilot ordered the navigator to eject. The normal procedure in such a situation was for the navigator to pull the first lever which ejected the canopy and a second lever for his seat ejection. Upon hearing the second explosion the pilot would then pull his own lever to eject him from the cockpit. However, Dargie said the pilot ejected after he heard the first explosion, which was the canopy, because crash impact was only a few seconds away. The pilot had to take the chance of colliding with his navigator. But when the pilot ejected and landed on the ground moments later, he could not find his plane or navigator, having landed in the backyard of a Cape Cod resident. Dargie said the resident reported not hearing any crash or seeing an airplane. The pilot apparently dropped into the man’s backyard out of nowhere. “After three months of intensive search the government never did find any trace of the plane or the navigator,” Dargie said. “If the plane had crashed there would have been an explosion. There was none, not a trace of it at all. Both the UFO and plane disappeared from the radar scope.” (Clarence O. Dargie is a former MUFON Illinois State Section Director.) A private pilot flying over White- Plains, New York about 9:02 am on the 28th observed a circular, slightly elongated object, dark in color, and about six inches in diameter. The object was at an altitude of about 2500 feet and traveling northeast and doing about 240 MPH.
TWENTY YEARS AGO – June 1968: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ferney were driving near Roswell, New Mexico, about 2 am on the 20th when they saw a UFO descending from a height of about 100 yards. It was easily visible because of its three lights, which looked “like the landing lights of an aircraft.” Making a 90-degree turn, the UFO headed down toward the car. To the badly frightened Ferneys, it seemed the object was about to crash into them. Fifty feet away, it leveled out. Keeping this distance, the object paced the car for almost 10 minutes. Mrs. Ferney was in a state of near hysteria when the unknown object finally raced upward and out of sight.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO – June 1973: Many veteran policemen, a former radar operator and his wife say they watched UFOs put on an awesome “aerial circus” over Eastern Missouri on the 12th. “I saw about five of them,” said Deputy Pete Bishop of the Saint Charles County Sheriff’s Department. “They were a bright white color — small, like stars. I thought at first they must be planes. But I’ve never seen planes move like that. They’d go along in a straight line at incredible speeds, stop and shoot up at a 90-degree angle. It was weird, knowing you were watching something from outer space.” The UFOs were first spotted by Bob Baumbach, 31, a postal clerk and former, Air Force radar operator. He and his wife, Patricia, 26, were walking near their house in Saint Charles at about 9:30 pm. “I just happened to glance up and see this object streaking across the sky,” Baumbach said. “I blinked a couple of times. I didn’t believe it. It was a pretty clear night but there were two massive clouds about 20 miles apart. This thing would dart between the clouds. Then another one shot out of the clouds and then another — about four in all.” Baumbach said he called the police “because we wanted someone in authority to back up what we’d seen.” The first to come was Patrolman Reuben Abbington, 31. “When the police radio said this dude had seen a UFO, I had a quiet chuckle. And when I got there, I couldn’t see anything at first. But suddenly I saw this object zip across the sky at lightning speed. I watched for about 50 minutes and saw three of them in all. Their maneuverability was unbelievable. I never saw anything’ like it in my life.” Detective Darrell Tullock also confirmed the sighting. “Those were the weirdest things I’ve ever seen,” Tullock said. “Weird, weird, weird.” He described them as veering off at high speeds, hovering and making incredible turns. As the group watched the objects, an airliner from St. Louis International Airport passed overhead. “One UFO was maybe 10-20 miles away, but it shot across the sky at lightning speed and caught up with the airliner in two seconds,” said Baumbach. “I doubt that the pilot saw it, as it took a sort of watching position directly above the plane and then suddenly darted off into a cloud.” Abbington radioed the police dispatcher to call the airport and ask whether radar had detected the UFO. The airport tower said no. Barry and Delores Gettings also watched the objects. Mrs. Gettings described some of the movements as like a game of chicken. Two lights would zoom toward each other on a collision course, and then one would shoot up at a steep angle and the other down. At other times one of the lights would hop over another one. Before the evening was over five more police cars, a motorcycle patrolman and several off-duty policemen rolled up to watch the display of UFO activity. James E. Richard of Columbia, Missouri had a close encounter with a UFO on the 28th at 1 am. “The way it moved, it was something unhuman, nothing man-made. I was scared to go outside.” He said he loaded a rifle and a shotgun and then, “I went from window to window to see what I could see.” He said his daughter, Vanae, 16, and his 3-year-old son, James, Jr., was with him at the time of the incident. Richard could not describe the shape of the object that approached to within about 50 yards of his home. “We just saw a big, bright light out in our backyard,” he said. His daughter said the light was white and orange. “It lit up the whole area,” Richard said. “You couldn’t see anything else. These big trees were swaying back and forth, back and forth. Personally, a glow came over me, just a cold feeling where I was just speechless; I couldn’t even remember what I was saying at the time.” Richard said when the UFO was near the house, “Communications were cut off completely. All the electricity went out.” When the object moved away, he made several calls for help and to get witnesses during periods when his telephone was working. “You could hear a rustling in the trees,” Richard related. “It was a thrashing noise like we’ve never heard before.” At daylight, tracks were found pressed deeply into the ground of the meadow. Richard said they were not cow tracks or the tracks of any other animal he recognized. He pointed out places where grass was pushed over as though by passage of some creature, and said he had not previously noticed a limb which had been broken from a tree recently. Richard was an animal care technician at the University of Missouri- Columbia. (This CE II case was investigated by Ted Phillips.)
TEN YEARS AGO - June 1978: During the week of June 11th, retired Air Force Col. William Coleman appeared on the Merv Griffin TV show, and revealed that he was piloting a B-25 bomber in broad daylight in 1954 over southern Mississippi when he pursued a large UFO. The former chief of public information for Project Blue Book at the Pentagon from April 1961 to January 1962 said, “We were cruising at 10,000 feet when we spotted a target somewhere around 20,000 to 25,000 feet. It was about seven miles in front of us to our right, and we were overtaking it. It then started descending across our flight path, and I decided to check it out. So I advanced power and began closing a little faster and descending. We kept getting closer and closer and pretty soon we were within a mile of the object, flying over trees at 345 MPH.” Coleman said his crew closed to within an eighth of a mile of the object, which was disc-shaped. “It was about 60 feet in diameter and 10 or 11 feet thick through the center,” Coleman said, adding that the disc’s edges tapered to a thickness of three to four inches. “It had what looked almost like a titanium-type finish (silver gray). I pulled up and made a hard turn that put it out of sight for roughly four seconds. We whipped back to pull up alongside of it and it wasn’t there. I zoomed up to 1500 feet. There it is!’ I said. It was about two miles in front of us going across a field leaving a dusty trail behind it. I guessed its speed at 170 MPH.” Coleman said he dove on the disc using a maneuver which again put it out of sight for a few seconds. When he pulled out, “the object wasn’t there. That’s the last we ever saw of it.”
For years Coleman emphatically denied that he had had such an experience. Bryan Jude, 14, and John Wright, 13, were fishing at Williamson, West Virginia; on the 14th when a strange object appeared overhead at 10:35 pm.
Bryan recalled “the craft floated around in the air, about the height of the power lines.”
John said the object was gold and silver. Bryan said the craft had a door in the bottom and some kind of structure atop the circular ship. He added that it appeared to be about 60 feet in diameter.
They both agreed that two beams of light were focused on them and that red, green and blue lights were flashing at different points on the craft.
They said they were not afraid at first and the light beams appeared not to affect them.
All of a sudden things changed. “We couldn’t move,” John said. “We lay down and watched but still could not move.
My head felt like it was going in and out (getting bigger and shrinking).” Bryan added, “It was like somebody was behind us and whispering; you couldn’t understand what they were saying but you could hear.”
They don’t remember heading for home some time later but became aware of their surroundings when they reached Bryan’s house. “I just remember going in the door of my home,” Bryan said. Thinking back, John had a vague impression of sitting in a chair on a spaceship. Bryan seems to remember seeing a tall person or thing that looked like blackened cheese. “Yeah, there was a terrible smell,” John added.
The youths said they heard a rush of air just before the craft appeared on the scene. Bryan’s mother said she had seen something traveling across the sky but heard no wind. Several residents in the neighborhood said they were awakened by a roaring sound.