Wednesday, 28 September 2016

UFO Article (Blog):
“Significant Discovery Of US Military
Records Highlighting ‘UFO Problem’
During The Vietnam War – Part 2”

By Paul Dean, 21 September 2016
(UFOs – Documenting The Evidence, Melbourne, Australia)

Quote from the article:
“Recently, in Part 1 of this series, I discussed the discovery of US military records which comment liberally on ‘unidentified flying objects,’ usually shortened to just ‘UFOs,’ during the Vietnam War. These records, discovered by myself and Boston based research Barry Greenwood, were originally created by all four branches of the US armed forces. The sorts of records we have found include ‘Histories’ and ‘Chronologies,’ ‘Mission Reports,’ ‘Patrol Logs,’ ‘Daily Staff Journals,’ and so-called ‘Lessons Learned’ publications. Also represented in these finds are ‘Project CHECO’ publications, specific to the United States Air Force (USAF). Most of these records have come from either the Defence Technical Information Center (DTIC) or National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This came on top of other ongoing work which dealt specifically with unresolved questions around the USAF’s accidental strike on Australia’s warship, the HMAS Hobart. Part 1 and Part 2 of that work is complete, and there will be a third installment at some point in the future.

One of the issues I have raised is a question of terminology. It should easy to write off the term ‘UFO’ as some sort of lazy ‘catchall’ for unknown, unidentifiable aircraft. Helicopters, especially seen at a distance, or only briefly plotted on primary radar, would have fallen into the the ‘UFO’ category. However, the problem is rather more complex than that. Time and time again in official military documents we have seen the term ‘UFO’ being alongside, or distinct from, ‘unidentified aircraft,’ ‘unknown helicopters,’ and the like. This is both inconsistent and unexpected in such a wide range of military records. Still, is it possible that these references to, and reports of, ‘UFOs’ or ‘unidentified flying objects’ in Vietnam were merely bumbling enemy helicopters and tricks of light in the jungle? Unfortunately, simple explanations fail to solve the issue to my satisfaction.

Though not found by either Barry Greenwood or myself, it is worth taking a look at a 17th of April, 1967 UFO report made by US Army Specialist (SP4) Robert M. Harkinson who was assigned to Headquarters, 524th Military Intelligence Detachment, Saigon.”

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UFO News Article:
“UFOs ‘Return’ On Schedule”

17 February 1967
(Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah)

The whole article:
“Residents of southeastern Michigan are watching the sky again. 
A rash of unidentified flyining objects was reported in the area Thursday night (16 February 1967).

Reports began during the evening and continued through most of the night.

The sightings were in the area where a deluge of UFO sightings were reported last spring. Those UFOs were labeled swamp gas by Dr. J. Allen Hynek who conducted an Air Force investigation in nearby Dexter and Hillsdale.

Several persons Thursday said they saw an object early in the evening near downtown Ann Arbor. It had two flashing white lights and a red light in the center, they said. The reports all placed the sightings at about the same time.

Other sightings were reported over Ypsilanti later in the evening but the descriptions didn’t match those in Ann Arbor. Several students at Eastern Michigan University said they saw an object with a steady, white light that eventually faded out.”

Aerial view of Ann Arbor, Michigan
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UFO News Article:
“UFO Sighting Reported at Durham;
Track Beep Sound”

18 April 1966
(The Lewiston Daily Sun, Lewiston-Auburn, Maine)

The whole article:
“A Durham man reported the sighting of an unidentified flying object Sunday night (17 April 1966), and two Androscoggin County deputy sheriffs said later that in investigating the report they heard strange unidentifiable ‘beeping’ sounds which moved as they approached.

John Winn of the Shiloh Road, Durham, told Deputies Bertrand Boucher of Lewiston and D. Edward Soucie of Durham that he spotted the object at tree top level and that it displayed flashing blue and green lights.

The sighting was made at about 8 p.m. and Winn told the officrs the low flying object was traveling on a southerly course.

According to Deputy Boucher, the beeping sound came from a wooded area at the rear of Winn’s residence, but as the two deputies and Winn approached, the sound stopped and started again, but from a different direction.

Winn told the officers he made the sighting after hearing the ‘beep’ while inside his house. He went out to investigate the noise and that was when he spotted the UFO with the green and blue lights.”

Wikipedia article: “Durham, Maine”:,_Maine

“Lewiston, Maine” (

NOTE: The newspaper date is 18 April 1966.

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