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Summary: On Friday, 15 June 1968, Allied forward spotters along the eastern part of the Demilitarised Zone, a 9.6km wide strip separating North and South Vietnam, reported seeing about 30 strange slow-moving 'lights' in the night sky.
After the 'lights' fled seaward, the first 'friendly fire' incident occurred shortly after midnight when the US Navy swift boat PCF-19 was sunk by three air-to-air missiles while patrolling some kilometres south of the DMZ. Five of the seven crew died (more about this later).
At about 3.30am, the Hobart was patrolling (blacked-out and maintaining radio silence) near Tiger Island, about 20kms off Cap Lay, when her radar room detected a fast, in-coming aircraft. The IFF (Identication Friend of Foe) system indicated it was 'friendly' and the ship was attempting to establish further identity when a Sparrow air-to-air missile struck her amidships on the starboard (right) side. The missile penetrated the alluminum hull and exploded killing Ordinary Seaman R J Butterworth and wounding two others.
While the crew was rushing to Action Stations, two more air-to-air missiles penetrated the starboard side and killed Chief Electrician Hunt and wounded several others - and narrowly missed a magazine. Hobart fired five rounds from a deckgun, but the swept-winged attacker escaped.
During the DMZ 'lights' operation, the guided-missile destroyer USS Edson, the guided-missile cruiser USS Boston, the US Coast Guard cutter Point Dume, and the USS PCF-19 also came under 'friendly fire' , but fortunately without causing more casualties.
[...] and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this had all been sorted out.
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by EnhancedInterrogator
[...].....why did the USA fire upon their allies?
Originally posted by Argyll
Originally posted by fishspeaker
i have known about these engagements for some years now. it is called "moh-car-bin-lan" by the greys because it involved 3 of their abductor craft that were harvesting viet-namese villagers for vivisection, as part of our treaty with south viet-nam we had to defend them against these grey raids
What is "moh-car-bin-lan" ?.......it's all well and good you saying that you know all about these engagements, but just posting some some crazy language isn't going to convince anyone!
What do you know about these engagements?
How do you know it?
What the hell does "moh-car-bin-lan" and "fu-man-re" mean?
I'm not going to ask you for evidence, because I know you don't have any, but.....what do you base your claims on?
Thanks in advance.edit on 12/6/2011 by Argyll because: (no reason given)
He is relating a story about UFOs. What context are you talking about? He even says that the same thing happened again in Pleiku in 1969...so as I said, maybe I am misunderstanding something...if you could expand on your thought, I would appreciate.
Posted by Flux
"I don’t know whether this story has ever been told or not. They weren’t called UFOs. They were called enemy helicopters..."
To me it sounds like he was being a bit sarcastic. My take is that they were IFOs, specifically Viet Cong helis. Just my perspective.