- Date: Between February and July of 1966
- Time: 2:00 - 4:00 a.m.
- Location of Sighting: Da Nang, RVN - Happy Valley.
- Number of witnesses: Unknown.
- Number of Objects: Believed to be 1
- Shape of Objects: Unknown.
- Full Description of Event/Sighting: Radar track from
Danang, and Aerial observer. Taken out by Artillery fire. More info
if you are interested. Did not get any TDA following the counter fire.
- Additional Information:
- Hi Brian,
- I am guessing you are in British Columbia, or the Pacific
Northwest. Quite a bit out of my normal travel area. Anyway, it is still
good to hear from you and to learn of your organization.
- I was in the US Marine Corps, and served in the SE Asia
area during 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969. It was during my 1965-66
tour that we were located to the northeast of Da Nang, and I was in an
Artillery Fire Direction Center (FDC). We controlled close to 100 Field
Artillery pieces in the Da Nang area, and could bring about 500 rounds
onto one football field sized spot in about 3 minutes.
- I have had some injuries from auto crashes since then
and do not remember just when the incident occurred, but it was between
February and July of 1966. I was on the late night shift and we got a
call from the air base that a UFO had come in and landed at a set of coordinates
generated by the GCA Radar. These plotted out in an area that we referred
to as "Happy Valley." The IFF response had been un heeded and
the radar and visual tracking from an airborne craft in the area did not
match any known aircraft. Since we were close to the DMZ, no one wanted
to take any chances and we were given clearance to fire all available artillery
on it. We had about 70+ pieces that could range the target so we plotted
a time on target mission and fired 6 rounds per piece on the target.
- The GCA radar kept watch on the area and the observer
stayed a safe distance out of the lines of fire. We got the usual artillery
bursts and at the end of the barrage there was a huge flash that registered
on the GCA radar. The air observer reported that nothing had left the
area, and it was too dark to look for damage until sunup. We filed the
fire mission request and record of fire with the other log sheets and had
been advised that a ground crew was going in for TDA at first light. When
we came on shift 2 days later we looked for the record of fire sheet to
see what the ground crew had found.
- We were amazed to find that the entire set of records
for that mission had vanished. No one would admit to being told to pull
it and we never did find out what we had hit other than the initial comments
that had come back to us while we were firing on the target. I still have
no clue what we shot. It was big and got a lot of people excited. No
other sightings were reported in our area that I heard about before I left
in August of 1966. This has always been a puzzling experience, wandering
around in the back of my mind.
- I have often wondered if we had indeed taken out an extraterrestrial
space craft, and how badly we had irritated whom ever it belonged to.
- Sorry, I don't have more or better descriptive information
on the craft or the post attack findings.
- Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell this
story. I would be interested in hearing about any thing that may have
been found out about this incident as it has been bothering me for over
40 years now.
- Thanks, and best wishes to you.
- My many thanks to this gentleman for sending in this
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