Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The UFO-nuclear link continues




An actual UFO post.  Imagine that?

It's been weeks since I've written one.  It's been days since I've done an actual post for that matter.  Sorry for the gap.  Teaching has really been kicking my ass.  So much so that I've had to drop out of NaNoWriMo.  But I digress...

The instances of UFO sightings near nuclear facilities appear to be growing.  Actually, I don't know if "growing" is the correct term as the sightings I'm about to relate to you occurred in the past.  In the thick of the Cold War, to be precise.  The 1967 UFO incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base is one of the bigger cases of this kind.  Yes, yes, I know.  As the comment at the end of that post indicates, there are those who take great umbrage with the account of Robert Salas but then there are always researchers in competition with each other.

But just recently, Linda Moulton Howe, one of the more respectable journalists working on the subject of UFOs, went on Coast to Coast AM and reported a new case of a UFO sighted near a nuclear missile base.  Once again, this sighting involved US Air Force personnel.  The difference this time?  There was a purported abduction.

Retired Sgt. Perry Manack was stationed  at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota in 1973.  On a night in the fall of that year, Manack reports that two Air Force security guards stopped on a road near the base to investigate a broken down Winnebago.  When the men approached the vehicle, an orange light came down from the sky and the bathed the entire area.  Looking up, the men could see a saucer-shaped craft hovering above them. 

The next thing anyone knew, according to the story, is that one of the guards was missing.  Said guard awoke in the middle of a field north of the town of Wall...home to famous Wall Drug.  His boots were missing and his service weapon was off to his side, unloaded.  This Air Force guard then began the slow, barefoot walk to Wall Drug...where at least you get free ice water and if you're Air Force personnel, free coffee.  I know.  I've been there.  But I digress...

There is not much else to the story...except one last piece.  Manack states that there was symposium on the UFO phenomenon just a few months later at the South Dakota School of Mines.  At this gathering, Manack asserts that a sergeant whom Manack describes as a fairly straight-laced military type, confirmed base rumors that indeed a staff member had reported being "abducted" and deposited north of Wall Drug.  What's more, Manack asserts the presence of Men In Black at the meeting.

But no more than this is known.  Linda Moulton Howe is in the process of gathering more information on the story and is soliciting other witnesses to come forward.  Click the link above to get to her site (yes, the linked article does mention Robert Salas and his books. So if that's troublesome for you, you may not want to visit the page.)

Like I said, reports of UFO sightings around nuclear missile facilities during the Cold War are nothing new.  Air Force personnel being abducted in the process is a new facet.  At least as far as I know.  Too bad there is no more evidence to go on than what amounts to a story and a secondhand story at that.  It would indeed add an intriguing dimension to the case that UFOs seem to have a predilection for nuclear bases.

One such case that I'm looking into involves not a military base but an actual uranium mine in Texas.  In 1971, a UFO is said to have appeared over such a mine in Karnes City.  After the UFO departed the scene, the uranium in the mine was said to have been reduced to a white, chalky substance containing no radioactivity at all.  As I said, just started looking into it.

Maybe UFO occupants are as much for nuclear disarmament as many of the rest of us are.





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