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The man* who shot this amazing photograph in 1943 with a Brownie 110-X camera was in the U.S. Marine corps at the time, stationed in San Diego, California. The following is a transcript from the letter his son wrote to me last week : "My dad was a sea Marine diver and [had been] stationed in San Diego near a Navy base. He received orders to go to a Navy base in Idaho to assist as a diver to help the men in training. They had a part of a full size front end of an aircraft carrier in one part of a lake where they would have the men line-up and jump over into the water where my dad and another diver [would be] under water waiting for them. Every now and then [when] a man would get turned around and swim down instead of up, ... my dad would get to them and start them up."
On the day in question when the photograph was taken, he got up at 2 AM to leave for his new assignment in Idaho. "He left San Diego and should have gone up 395 to Oregon and gotten on 20 E into Idaho...he started up on 395 but all was a blur until he found himself on route 60 in New Mexico going the wrong way. He then got on old 25 N. to Bernalillo and got on 44 to Aztec, New Mexico. [ His son remembers the only reference his father ever made to this episode of his getting lost was in 1958 when he (the son) was sixteen and in the Scouts "and getting ready to go to Cimarron Scout Ranch for 13 days. As I got ready to leave my dad said 'that's near where I got messed up leaving San Diego that time and ended up over on 44 to Aztec when I was to be in Idaho the next day.' And that's all that was said about that until on his death bed."
The first time his son heard about his father's strange encounter in the New Mexico desert in 1943 was in the last twenty minutes of his father's life. Continuing from the letter : "As I sat there holding his hands, he was dying, not breathing now and then. Now my dad and I are the only two in the room. As I sat there, I felt a hand on my left shoulder pushing down and a whisper in my ear, 'be strong my son.' I turned around and no one was there when my dad said, 'pay attention, my son.' For at least 15 minutes he talked to me about the good times we had in my young life, and then he said, "in the black picture book in a brown envelope there is a picture of a UFO I took along 44 to Aztec. As I drove up 44 to Idaho something told me to stop and get out and look that way,' and he did with a Browning camera in hand, and was standing there listening to a slight hum coming down from the sky. 'I got my camera ready and took a picture. The Negative for it is in my Bible in the back 8 pages." A few minutes after this amazing revelation to his son that had waited a lifetime to be told, the father died.
Shortly afterwards the son put the photo in a safe deposit box at his bank. There it remained, still closeted away, until August, 2009 when it finally saw the light of day at a Pittsburg, Pennsylvania MUFON gathering a few weeks ago.
Originally posted by RuneSpider
Looks a lot like a dandelion seed or pine seed to be honest with you.
Originally posted by Shadowhawk
Turn the image sideways. It looks like a drop of liquid stained the photo, or possibly the original negative. It doesn't look like any sort of physical object in the sky.