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UFO Incident At Fort Benning , Georgia 1977 ?

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posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 04:02 PM
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This is a strange story about a UFO encounter that supposedly happened during a military training exercise at Fort Benning , Georgia. the witness reporting the story (John Vasques) say's he and his fellow soldiers endured a nightmare of UFO sightings, teleportations, inexplicable madness, mysterious voices and mass abductions by aliens. He claims to have witnessed an air battle between a UFO and a Army helicopter.















The Strange Encounters of John Vasquez : Fort Benning, September 1977



John recalls the main event as a confused event that took place one early evening in September of 1977. John explained it to me what he could clearly recall of that night.

“It was early evening. The night was a hot sticky southern night in September. About 1000 of us were called out into this big open field that stood in front of our barrack housing units. We were called to stand in formation waiting for the brass in charge to inform us of why we were called to the field. It was not the normal procedure to be called to this field at night and we all a bit nervous to what was going on.

As we stood there I heard some of the men in line talking and pointing. I heard them say something about something strange in the sky. Before I could figure out what they were talking about or looking at we were called to attention. I am not sure what took place during this time period. It is a mixture of being at attention in formation and of the men breaking ranks and yelling and talking about some thing approaching us from the night sky.

I could not see what was going on but realized as I tried to look to my left and right that some of the men standing around me seemed to be asleep while standing in formation. I then realized that half the field of men where yelling and running away from the field. I was able to see a blinding white light coming down over the field but could not distinguish what it was or what was happening. All I know is the men caught under or in that light were screaming and running away from it and the field.
www.ufocasebook.com...
www.ufodigest.com...








Vasquez originally joined the Army National Guard in San Diego, California February, 1977. During training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he opted to transfer into the regular Army. September, 1977 found him in D. Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment undergoing advanced infantry training. On September 1, 1977 at 7:30 PM, "we were ordered out of our barracks to a mandatory formation. Captain K. was going to make a welcoming speech, as were all the other captains. I stood in formation for what seemed like 40 minutes, with about 1300 men. The soldier in front of me turned around saying, "Look to the right. You'll see a star there." “ That was only the beginning. For the next few weeks Vasquez and his fellow soldiers endured a nightmare of UFO sightings, teleportations, inexplicable madness, mysterious voices and mass abductions by aliens. He even witnessed an air battle between a UFO and an Army helicopter!
www.ufocongressstore.com...



In September 1977, during the Joint Attack Weapons Systems Test (JAWS) at Fort Benning Georgia, the entire base witnessed a UFO invasion. As many as 1300 troops were involved in the event.

Most were left with severe psychological trauma and "missing time" gaps. John Vasquez was courageous enough to undergo counseling, regression therapy, and hypnosis.
www.timelessvoyager.com...











another witness report of ufo's @ Fort Benning






Ft. Benning, GA - 1977

My name is Ken Darnell... I am a 51 year/old male... A career correctional training specialist with the North Carolina Department of Corrections and an E.M.T. (28 years service). I reside in Yanceyville, NC, with my wife and 12 year-old son.

I enlisted in the Army in 1976 and went to basic training in Ft. Knox, KY, from October thru December, 1976. In January 1977, I arrived at Ft. Benning, GA, to attend Indirect Fire Infantry school and Parachute Jump School.

Sometime between February, 1977, and April, 1977, I experienced what I know to be, a UFO encounter. My memory is quite clear of the event and I have never forgotten it. I know what I witnessed that night was not of this world.

I recall that on that night our platoon had reported to pick up our laundry for the week. We all had marched in formation to the laundry house, and stood at parade rest in line.

As the line would move, we all would come to attention, take 1 step forward, and then reassume parade rest. As we were doing this I saw several others in line looking up, and then someone point up to the sky.

I looked up and what I saw could best be described as several (8 or 10... maybe 12) points of light in the sky, all white, no color, no sound, larger than stars, yet still just points of light. The size of these lights would be comparable to the size of the planet Venus at nightfall.

These points of light were moving in what I have always described as "a swarm of gnats." The points of light moved all around each other as do gnats in a summertime swarm. But suddenly one of the points of light grew brighter and larger than all the others.

The other "swarming" lights suddenly formed a perfect circle around the brighter light and began to slowly rotate around it. The brighter light suddenly left the circle at tremendous speed and shot across the sky and suddenly stopped.
www.ufocasebook.com...





what we saw that night. It was amazing....and scary...the
speed at which those lights moved from horizon to horizon....and the sudden stops and turns have always
made me a believer that it was extraterrestrial craft, that I saw.
www.shannonmccabe.com...







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Fort Benning , Georgia


so what can the answers be to this puzzling story ? was it really a UFO/Alien incident and the military was knowingly involved , or are the people reporting this just twisting a story of a regular military exercise to make a buck ? is this a hoax ? tell me what you think about it.

[edit on 23-12-2009 by easynow]




posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 04:54 AM
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It's a just another story, being told because one person, told another person at how much cash and wonderful trips some of these guys get for telling these stories, not to mention a certain publishing company that will front you $25,000 on a great personal ufo story. Believe what you want, but 99.9% of these stories, are all told to make a dollar for some older gentlemen who is having a hard time, and was told if he had a story, he could get paid.



posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 06:54 AM
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I live about 20 miles from Ft Benning/Columbus, Georgia. I have been in the area since about the time of the incident reported in the OP, but to be honest, this is the first I have ever heard of it.

The local newspaper is the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. They may have an archive available for searching if this was reported to the public in any way, shape or form. Newspaper web addy below:

www.ledger-enquirer.com

-R



posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 07:06 AM
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I've seen this sort of formation before, filmed in Phoenix:



I wonder if it was inspired by the Fort Benning sighting?

(if it as a hoax, that is)


[edit on 24/12/09 by Chadwickus]



posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 11:00 AM
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I wonder if it was inspired by the Fort Benning sighting?


i think that video was debunked as a fake and the picture illustration from the casebook site does kinda resemble it. i dunno , maybe there is some connection.


the supposed witness description..



I looked up and what I saw could best be described as several (8 or 10... maybe 12) points of light in the sky, all white, no color, no sound, larger than stars, yet still just points of light. The size of these lights would be comparable to the size of the planet Venus at nightfall.

These points of light were moving in what I have always described as "a swarm of gnats." The points of light moved all around each other as do gnats in a summertime swarm. But suddenly one of the points of light grew brighter and larger than all the others.

The other "swarming" lights suddenly formed a perfect circle around the brighter light and began to slowly rotate around it. The brighter light suddenly left the circle at tremendous speed and shot across the sky and suddenly stopped.
www.ufocasebook.com...



kinda reminded me of this but without the one leaving.

i'm still not sure what to make of this whole story. there could be some truth to it and the persons are just mistakenly making it out to be more than it really is ? i dunno



posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 11:45 AM
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I think I may vaguely recall hearing of this one before, some time ago. Thanks for sharing this interesting story easynow as it is always good to be aware of ALL UFO case files whether they be false or true as it only adds to our ever growing knowledge.

This isn't the first report of mass infiltration and reported abduction of military personal, so it kinda' makes one wonder does our own government know about it and let is happen, or is it our OWN government carrying it out? If not, it seems we are near powerless (on any "white level" program to stop them.

S/F...




[edit on 12/24/2009 by jkrog08]



posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 04:21 PM
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Very odd... this is the first time I have heard of this one and now suddenly new threads pop up



posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 04:51 PM
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And that's your opinion?

Your not really a skeptic are you?

Skeptics don't pass judgement like that, they investigate.



posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 06:01 PM
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reply to post by Mr_skepticc


Did you ever pay to go see a movie at a Theater that showed some Alien invasion?

Why is someone selling a UFO story that may be based on truth any different? Are you an anti capitalist COMMIE Pinko?



posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 06:12 PM
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I was stationed at Ft. Benning in early 78 and again in the 80's and never heard of this story. interesting, will pull up some old contacts and inquire about any recollections of this episode and post what I find out.



posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 07:51 PM
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I'm calling hoax on this story. No one I know remembers this story and I worked at Martin Army Hospital at Ft. Benning in early 1978 and there was no measle outbreak. Especially of 1300 troops. Walter Reed Army Medical center would have sent a team to investigate such an outbreak and they are unaware of said crisis.

The author recalled this event in 1989 after a hypnosis session and began investigating in 1991. has complained of migraines for a long time. The author's military records do not put him at Ft. Benning at this time or any other time in his career. He claims they were deleted or destroyed.

www.ntskeptics.org...



The Command Sgt Maj has gone quiet and refuses to turn over any alien artifacts or documentation for analysis.

Snippet from source:

Command Sergeant Major James Norton


Special Note from Paul Dale Roberts: Robert, if their are inquiries into this interview, please then disclose your source.

Question: For CSM Norton to give you the run around like this, what do you think is happening? Norton did say he was detained by the Military Police and that the NSA (National Security Agency) wanted to talk to him, do you think this was true?

Answer: I cannot speak for others. He is the Command Sgt. Major. My opinion is in all likeliness he was contacted according to my sources. I believe he may have some type of evidence to share. He, with his time in service and rank would not put out info like this without having it.

Question: Was CSM Norton seeking publicity and notoriety? Why did he make this whole thing up? I asked him a bunch of times over, if he wanted me to publish his story and he told me 'yes', that he was tired of the military/government covering up the UFO issue and that the public needed to know the truth. If this is true, why didn't he allow your group to go over there and retrieve the evidence?

Answer: Again something happened. I made it clear that we, The Winter Group were not interested in money or profit. Just the TRUTH! When he put the info out as you and I both know, he was hit from all angles about the materials and the story. He has been a military man all his life. This may have been too overwhelming for him. OR he was 'told/asked' to back off this. And we know what that means. We are all, meaning you and me are truth seekers!

Question: So many people got involved in this story, from Stanton Friedman to SyFy Channel's Fact or Faked. He has disappointed so many people who believed in him. There were so many people wanting the UFO cover up to end. Again, we face disappointment. How do you think CSM Norton is feeling now?

Answer: I hope he finds it in his heart to either come clean or allow us to do what we guaranteed to do! Document the retrieval of materials. Secure them and get them analyzed.
And return them to him after the process.

source: www.ghostplace.com...


Its smells fishy to me, we'll see.



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