I have searched the site for a story on this particular incident and only netted one result in a collaboration thread. That being said, I would like
to do another write-up on the case with a twist.
I'm sure that a lot of folks here realize that by the time the US entered the war in Vietnam in 1964, we had already had Special Forces in the region
for 14 years. These Special Forces groups were there, behind the scenes, trying to create a "Strong Anti-Communist Coalition." They were bringing
groups together from South Vietnam, North Vietnam and Laos to try and combat the communist threat.
For their part, they were somewhat successful. Successful enough that they could eventually petition the Government here in the States for more and
more support by way of equipment and military "advisors" on the ground.
(I don't want to focus primarily on the war, but just try and set a climate for the events to unfold)
John F. Kennedy had backed this tactic even well before he was elected President as he had good intell on the situation through unofficial sources.
"Even before his inauguration, Kennedy had access to extensive policy planning studies on Vietnam through unofficial channels ... Kennedy also
received one or more of Edward Lansdale's 'think' papers on Vietnam and was roundly impressed by his advocacy of a 'nonbureaucratic' approach to
counterinsurgency. Kennedy's prompt approval just ten days after taking office of a new 'Counterinsurgency Plan' for Vietnam-a shift away from a
prior emphasis on a Korea-style threat to South Vietnam-suggests a more than casual acquaintance with the issues involved." Instruments of
Statecraft: U.S. Guerilla Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and Counterterrorism, 1940-1990
While it was reported that the Vietnamese struggle was going well for the US' interests in '61 and '62, there were those that felt this wasn't
enough. That the US had to be directly involved in the fighting.
Kennedy wasn't playing ball. Mainly due to the mistreatment of the Buddhists at the hands of the South Vietnamese President Diem. Anyone seen
pictures like this on the net? I'm sure you have.
By 1963 scenes like this were becoming common place in South Vietnam as Diem's oppresive control was unrelenting. Even though 70% of the Vietnamese
people, at the time, were practicing Buddhists. This concerned Kennedy enough that he made it very clear that the people of Vietnam should be looked
after by their Government and that the war was their's to win, not the US's. The US would continue to provide support, but that is all.
Robert Kennedy says Diem must go. (Note the phrase "get rid of him")
"Diem wouldn't make even the slightest concessions. He was difficult to reason with ... The important thing was to try to get somebody who could
replace him and somebody who could keep, continue the war and keep the country united ... Nobody liked Diem particularly, but how to get rid of him
and get somebody that would continue the war, not split the country in two, and therefore lose not only the war but the country. That was the great
problem." Robert Kennedy CBS interview, 1964.
So, a coup was staged, Diem was removed and executed. In the same month, Kennedy was assassinated. With his brother to follow. (Not sayin, just sayin,
So, back to Nha Trang, with the key players out of the way, the stage is set for Johnson to go ahead and go against previous policy and send military
into Vietnam. Nha Trang was the largest staging point for the US War Machine in the region. From there the US forces were deployed to over 270
locations in Vietnam and in June of 1966, this happens.
"At first we thought it was a flare."
noted a witness who recalled them being used regularly. "But then we realized it wasn't".
This flare had a tendancy to move very slowly horizontally and suddenly increase to tremendous speed.
This was the scene for unknown numbers of witnesses who were gathered outside the Coastal AirBase to watch an outdoor movie (the ability to do so had
just arrived to South Vietnam). A picture of the base.
Things to take notice of are the Theatre (this is where the countless witnesses would be), the "generator" (actually a large group of generators
used to supply power to the entire base and the runway (There were two prop-planes about to go out on patrol in staging on the runway). Also,
somewhere near the runway there were bulldozers in operation cutting roads into the soil as the event unfolded.
So here we have a base that is alive with activity and this UFO is flying overhead. Witness states that pilots were estimating that the object was
traveling at about 25,000 feet overhead until the object suddenly descends upon the theatre area to a height of between 300-500 ft. where it
...as does everything else on base.
No planes about to take off.
No bulldozers cutting roads.
Nothing. No engines were running for approximately four minutes.
And unfortunately, that is where the story ends. The next day witnesses report that a bunch of "Washington types" were crawling all over the base
investigating the source of the EMP and the UFO.
So, why did I bring up JFK and RFK? Because considering the geo-political climate of the time at hand, this would have been an EXTREMELY sensitive
case to the Government.
This was a breach of airspace during hostile conflict rendering the entire base without power.
This was a case that only came to be because of a series of "unfortunate events" that allowed the US to even HAVE a war that was going to kill
60,000 Americans and untold numbers of others.
I feel that this was a message to the American Government, sent by whomever, that someone isn't pleased with the way they were conducting
Don't go too hard on me here, I'm chuckling at myself right now thinking "nobody is going to buy this outlandish story." But, I wanted to put it
out there anyhow.
Thanks for reading.
[edit on 4-10-2009 by JayinAR]