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He was demoted, and his records stated he was in Japan instead of Edwards AFB during the time he had his encounter, then finally they wouldn't even allow him to be buried with full military honors.
Lt. Col. Roy Jack Edwards Tells His Son Of His UFO Encounter As A Test Pilot
...During a test flight in clear sky conditions when my father initially contacted ground control he sighted a definite large UFO. He was firmly "ordered" to "break away immediately and return to base" with his chase (observation) plane. His observation plane complied. However, my fearless USMC trained mindset father told me that his raw intrepid instincts kicked in, thus, ignored ground control because he knew he probably wouldn't ever get another opportunity to confront a UFO and pursued...
This single ufo was supposedly responsible for the deaths of 3 test pilots;i.e. it hung around the area for a long time...