[The Kecksburg Incident of 1965 numbers among a handful of alleged UFO crash recoveries for which there is substantial eyewitness testimony and documentary evidence. Stan Gordon is the foremost civilian investigator of this incident and is calling for further eyewitness assistance to finally resolve what really happened. CNI News thanks Stan for permission to reprint the following story, which ran in a number of Pennsylvania newspapers in early December, 1995.]
By Stan Gordon
It was late afternoon on December 9, 1965, when a large fireball was reported in the sky from Canada as well as sections of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The bright aerial object caused much excitement as it passed over the Pittsburg and Greensburg area. At about 4:47pm, according to a number of observers, the object dropped slowly into a wooded ravine near the rural community of Kecksburg in Westmoreland County [Pennsylvania]. Many observers thought that an aircraft was on fire. It was later determined by local authorities that no airplanes were missing. It is reported that after the object had fallen, various types of activity began to occur around this village during the next few hours.
Volunteer firemen began to search a large wooded area for a possible downed aircraft. Many witnesses describe military personnel and equipment arriving in the area. Pittsburg area radio and TV dicussed reports about the sightings, and hundreds of curious people descended on the area to try to see what the strange object might be.
The late John Murphy, who at the time was the news director for WHJB radio in Greensburg, reported that he was on the scene when the state police, fire marshall and other investigators arrived. They went down into the area with a geiger counter. Later after returning, they were approached by Murphy; and when the fire marshall was asked about what was found, among his comments were, "You better get your information from the Army."
Firemen drove military officers on a fire vehicle down through the fields toward the wooded impact site, but these firemen were not permitted to go near the object. Various observers claim that the military utilized a small farm house near the impact site, as well as the Keckburg Fire Department truck station as a command center during the evening of the event.
A narrow country road overlooking the wooded area which was the target of the search was jammed with the curious. Among the crowd were reporters and cameramen from area TV, radio and newspaper sources. During the evening, the firemen helped state police block off roads around the alleged crash site. As the night wore on, the crowd slowly began to disperse, since it was too far away to see anything from that location in the dark.
That evening people reported seeing a military flatbed trailer truck moving in the direction of the reported impact location. The trailer went in empty, but returned later with a military jeep escort, loaded with a large object shaped like a bell and covered with a tarpaulin.
Word spread around to those in the area that night that what was found was a meteorite. Independent eyewitnesses who were able to get into the woods before the military arrived claimed that they came across an object which was consturcted and was not a meteorite. They described a large solid metallic object large enough for a man to stand inside of. The object was shaped like an acorn, was of an odd gold bronze-copper color and was one solid metal structure. Just above the bottom of the object was a bumper-like area, which had upon it unusual markings described as looking similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The next day the state police reported that nothing was found, and the report from the Pentagon was that what was seen was likely a meteor passing through the sky.
In recent years, information has come forth that the object was transported that night to Lockborne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio, for a short stayover. The object then was transported to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It is at that location that informants tell us the object was sealed up under special conditions inside of a building. Where the object is today is not known.
I have spent years searching for the truth about what happened at Kecksburg, and I have attempted to identify what it was that reportedly fell from the sky that day. We do have confirmation that a Soviet satellite, actually a Venus probe called KOSMOS 96, did re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at 3:18 a.m. in Canada on that same date. KOSMOS 96 can't be ruled out as a source of this mystery. Some of those who saw the object, however, are not convinced of a man-made explanation and believe that the object could have been of extraterrestrial origin. Regardless of what this object was, one fo the biggest mysteries about the event is our government's position on this occurrence.
I have in my possession a copy of the Air Force Project Blue Book report concerning the Kecksburg (aka Acme) incident. The contents show a great deal of interest in the sighting from various government agencies. More importantly, it verifies that three men from the 662nd Radar Squadron, which was then based in Pittsburg, were involved in the search for the object. The report states: "A three man team has been dispatched to Acme to investigate and pick up an object that started a fire." The report indicates that the search continued until about 2 a.m. and that nothing was found.
I have obtained the records for December of 1965 of the 662nd Radar Squadron. Interestingly, even though the Air Force report and newspaper accounts verify that personnel from that unit were involved at Kecksburg, there is no mention of this activity in their records. This appears to indicate that this mission was classified.
The personnel from that unit would have been Air Force. Many observers at Kecksburg describe seeing Army equipment and soldiers as well. My search for military and government documents that would verify this incident continues. There have been numerous attempts for years to obtain such material. Informants have told me that such documents did exist on the Kecksburg recovery. In 1994 another attempt was made to find out about any special recovery or search activity in the area near Kecksburg.
Among the information received were the facts that a search by combined intelligence center officials of the U.S. Space Command/NORAD intelligence data center revealed no unusual re-entry phenomena which would have triggered a special recovery or search activity in the designated region during the period of December 1-15, 1965. The official contacted indicated, however, that the records from 30 years ago may not be reliable.
In another correspondence from May, 1995, our government's position on the Kecksburg incident is stated as follows: "Officially the military has completely denied any involvement directly or indirectly with any events surrounding the Kecksburg area on the evening of December 9, 1965."
The military's claim of no involvement at Kecksburg conflicts with multiple eyewitnes testimony, national and local news accounts, and more importantly their own Air Force records which I have on file. Something happened 30 years ago in Western Pennsylvania. The Kecksburg incident has attracted a great amount of public interest, and it continues to draw national and international attention.
Among the many eyewitnesses that night at Kecksburg were news reporters who saw and talked witih military personnel. The office manager of WHJB radio in Greensburg at the time has stated that she helped to handle the large number of phone calls that the station was receiving about the sightings of the object. She says that among those calling were the military, who were asking for information about what was seen and requesting directions to the site.
On this 30th anniversay of the Kecksburg incident, I am making an appeal to the public for information on this case, as well as support in asking your Congressional representatives to conduct an investigation on this matter, where witnesses can describe what took place and documentation can be presented. I am asking any person who was at Kecksburg on that date and observed any activity associated with this event, or who saw the object, to contact me. Any information about what you saw, no matter how small, is important in solving this matter. If you were part of the military operation that night at Kecksburg, please contact me. If you have any photographs or other evidence that pertain to this event, or newsclippings from that time, I would like to hear from you. You may contact me confidentially.
[Stan Gordon can be contacted by mail at: 6 Oakhill Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601; or by phone or fax at: 412-838-7768. Confidentiality, if requested, will be guaranteed.]
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