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from the Februuary 2008 Star Beacon
by Ann Ulrich Miller
Buddha appears on mountain top
A human-shaped shadow in the middle of a rainbow halo
appeared on Zushan Mountain after a heavy rainfall in Qinhuangdao,
North China’s Heibei Province, July 1, 2007. The vision, which
many tourists believed to be the Buddha, stayed for more than an
Thanks to Sheri Gould
UFO over Texas seen by dozens
In the farming community of Stephenville, Texas, several dozen people,
including a pilot, a county constable and business owners, say they saw a large,
silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing
fighter jets chasing it.
Due to the fact that AP copyrighted the report, we are withholding it.
(Source: 9 News WUSA9, sent in by Valerie Benson.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: CNN promised to give a report on these sightings on
The Situation Room, but despite constant teasers, no report came forth.
Obviously, more suppression by our corporate media!
Witness to Roswell tells his story
Again I’m borrowing from Aileen Garoutte’s treasure house of a blog! In
November, she picked up this article by Pat Sherman from the North County
News, dated Oct. 26, 2007. It ties in with the lead article in this issue,
James Parsons’ book review.
ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Retired Air Force veteran Milton Sprouse clearly
remembers the summer day in 1947 when he returned to Roswell Army Air Field
aboard the B-29 bomber Dave’s Dream from a three-day maneuver in Florida.
The Escondido resident, then a corporal and engine mechanic in the Army Air
Force, could not believe what his ground crew was telling him: a UFO had crashed
in the New Mexico desert, on a ranch 70 miles away. The story made the front
page of the Roswell Daily Record.
According to the July 8 story, “the intelligence office of the 509th
Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced ... that the field has
come into possession of a flying saucer.”
The craft supposedly had been recovered after the ranch owner notified the
sheriff's department, who sent Major Jesse Marcel and a team to investigate.
“Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered
the disk,” the story stated. “After the intelligence officer here had inspected
the instrument, it was flown to higher headquarters.”
The next day, the paper retracted the story, claiming that the recovered
object was a weather balloon – an account the government stuck with until 1995.
It was then announced that the weather balloon story had been fabricated to
cover up Project Mogul, a top-secret project involving two-dozen high-altitude
neoprene balloons designed to detect Russian nuclear explosions.
According to Sprouse, five of his crew were called to the site to collect
the remaining debris and load it onto a flatbed truck. Sprouse was ordered to
stay with Dave’s Dream, in case the military should suddenly need the craft.
“I had reservations of what all they were telling me, because each one of
them told something different,” he said. “I thought, ‘I don’t know.’ ... Later
on, when it all started coming out in piecemeal, you could put it together and
tell what they said was true.”
As years passed, Sprouse grew more comfortable talking about the Roswell
Author and ufologist Thomas J. Carey interviewed Sprouse three times with
co-author Donald Schmitt. Sprouse is mentioned on page 233 of their new book,
Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up.
During his first interview, videotaped at the International UFO Museum and
Research Center in Roswell, Sprouse was reluctant to talk about the incident,
Carey said. “He was a career Air Force guy, and they’re the least likely to
speak because of their pensions,” Carey said. “When I interviewed him over the
phone in 2001, I got a little more information, and then I interviewed him again
last year and got even more. It was an evolution of coming forward.”
Today, as Sprouse recounts the incident, he leans forward in earnest, a
conspiratorial gleam in his eyes.
About 500 soldiers sent to the crash site were lined shoulder to shoulder
and ordered to scour the property for debris, he said.
“They lined them up and then said, ‘We want you to go through this ranch
the way you’re facing until we tell you to stop, and we want you to pick up
everything unnatural,’ ” Sprouse said.
“When my crew got back (from the crash site), we talked for weeks,” he
said. “They told me everything and I believe them.... They told me, ‘Milt, it’s
Among the material discovered was a maleable, foil-like material that could
be laid flat with no creases after being squashed into a ball.
Whether fact or lore, one of the most intriguing pieces of the puzzle are
reports of five diminutive green bodies allegedly recovered with the UFO.
Sprouse believes it.
A staff sergeant in his barracks was called to the hospital shortly after
the crash, he said. “He and two doctors and two nurses were in the emergency
room, and they brought in one of those five humanoid bodies that they had
recovered,” he said. “They said, ‘We want this dissected and we want a complete
history of how it functions and the parts and everything.’ ”
The next day, the man from his barracks was transferred from the base,
Sprouse said. “We never heard from him again,” he said. “We asked and (they
said), ‘Oh, we don’t know nothing about it.’ ... I heard later that both nurses
and both doctors were shipped different directions and nobody ever knew where
Sprouse recalled an interesting conversation with the owner of a funeral
home in Roswell several years later. “We had some friend of ours that died, and
he said, ‘Hey Milt, I want to talk to you,’ ” he said. “He says, ‘You know the
base come to me and wanted five children’s caskets.’ That was two or three days
after the crash. I said, ‘No kidding.’ He says, ‘I only had one, and I told them
that.’ They said, ‘One won’t do us very good,’ and they went somewhere else and
The day the UFO story ran, the debris was allegedly loaded onto two B-29
bombers, one of them Dave’s Dream, and sent to a base in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sprouse and Carey believe the material was then shipped to Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where they say it remains today.
“We believe some of the stuff was loaned around, but the main repository was the
foreign technology division at Wright-Patterson,” said Carey, who holds a
master’s degree in anthropology and served briefly in the Air Force. “We’ve
heard stories over the years of people who say that they’re still trying to
figure out what that stuff is.”
Various rumors suggest that pieces of the ship and the bodies were stored
in a mysterious Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson.
Derek Kaufman, who works in Wright-Patterson’s public affairs office, was
tentative when broaching the subject of Roswell and Hangar 18. He said the base
tracks all such phone inquiries.
“We might get a couple of queries a month related to strange phenomena. ...
Someone who believes that they’ve seen something very unusual — low-flying,
strange aircraft or something along those lines,” Kaufman said. “Folks who are
UFO enthusiasts are typically the people that inquire about Hangar 18 or about
Roswell, but a lot of them don’t seem to be credible queries. They seem to be
folks bordering on the fanatic. ... I’m hard-pressed to describe where Hangar 18
even is located.”
Asked if there was any material from Roswell transferred to the base in
1947, Kaufman said, “I’ll just defer to what reports have been exhaustively
investigated and are now available to the general public.”
Wright-Patterson’s Web site includes a section titled “UFOs and other
strange phenomena” that includes links to the Air Force Freedom of Information
Act Web site and a 993-page document titled, “The Roswell Report: Fact Versus
Fiction in the New Mexico Desert.” In the report, the government meticulously
makes its case debunking the Roswell Incident.
According to the report, the bodies recovered at the site were not alien beings,
but crash-test dummies used to test high-altitude parachutes.
UFO enthusiasts say they couldn’t have been dummies because the parachute tests
weren’t conducted until nearly a decade later.
“That’s a non-starter because that project didn’t get under way until the
mid-’50s,” Carey said. “These mannequins were a good 6 feet tall, they looked
human and they were in regular flight suits. There’s no way you confuse those
for little aliens with big heads.”
Asked if there are any remnants of the mysterious event stored at Roswell,
Rob Young, a historian with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at
Wright-Patterson, answered, “I would not know. I’ve never seen anything like
that. ... To my knowledge there is not.”
Sprouse believes the Roswell Incident is a far-reaching cover-up that leads
as far as the White House. “The presidents are briefed on everything ...
classified, unclassified, whether they’ll acknowledge it or not,” Sprouse said.
“Clinton, says, ‘I don’t know nothing.’ Carter says, ‘I don’t know nothing about
that.’ Bush won’t even talk about it.”
Sprouse's wife, Peggy, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, is skeptical
about the UFO story. She’s been to Roswell with her husband and said once was
enough. “Been there, done that,” she said. “I never did believe it and still
don’t believe it.”
Sprouse seems to be enjoying his part in keeping the story alive. Has the
government ever asked him not to speak about Roswell?
“No, but I worry about it,” he said. “I’m getting all these telephone calls on
that report, and I often wonder if it’s somebody looking into this.”
Aileen adds this note in her blog:
When I worked at Boeing in Seattle, we interfaced with the Air Force office
at Wright Pat. The head of the SDL Lab where I worked, and where the tests were
done on the avionics for the B-1, knew of my interest in UFOs. He had also seen
UFOs when he was in the Navy at the end of the runway! Anyway, a group from the
lab had to go back to Wright Pat for a meeting. At that time it came out that
Wright Pat is the place where the bodies were taken and it was on the radio
When the representatives from Boeing went to the meeting, they were given
maps of the base so they would know where to go. He brought one of those maps
back and gave it to me. There were all other numbers listed on buildings but
mysteriously “Hangar 18” was nowhere to be found.
While they were in the meeting, an Air Force officer came in to speak to
the Air Force colonel in charge of the meeting. They overheard him say to the
Colonel, “The jig is up, they know we have the bodies! It is on the radio!” You
can imagine the Boeing people’s ears tuned right up at that announcement! My
boss couldn’t wait to get back and tell me.
So that is what I know and remember like it was yesterday.
(Source: Aileen Garoutte’s UFO Blog, http://etcetrasetcetras.blogspot.com)
Ann Ulrich Miller is publisher of The Star Beacon.
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