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UFO Sighting Event Fort Ord California April 1966

Fort Ord 1st Platoon May 1966 UFO Sighting Event reported

I was a member of an infantry training platoon at Fort Ord California in April 1966. We were on a night land navigation exercise on a hillside on Fort Ord federal lands and to the south below us was the road going east over to Salinas and across the canyon was an adjacent mountainside that was at that time I think civilian public lands. It was between 7 or 8 pm when without warning a huge brightly lit aerial UFO took off from the adjacent deserted mountainside and startled everyone in my platoon who were witnessing the event. The distance across the canyon to the UFO Sighting taking off was at least one mile but whatever was taking place was clear and obvious and visible to everyone who was looking over in that direction. Everyone seeing this UFO Sighting event commented at the time that whatever this event was it was extraordinary and unexplainable. At the time the adjacent mountainside had been dark but when the UFO took off it was accompanied with a great deal of light and there was some kind of loud roaring noise. The UFO Sighting which was brightly lit and had no identifiable shape headed out in a straight path over the Monterey Peninsula and went out over Monterey Bay and then the distant ocean. It seemed to change direction a couple of times as if it were piloted and it eventually disappeared out over the water some distance from the land but it took a long time and there were some other aircraft lights at the time in proximity to the UFO Sighting. Everyone in the platoon stood for at least 10 to 15 minutes watching this UFO event and we all agreed we had all witnessed as stated before something unexplainable. I can say with some certainty that this UFO seemed to be piloted as opposed to being some kind of missile and it took off from public lands and not the army base so it does not seem likely this UFO Sighting was any type of military aircraft. I am reporting this UFO Sighting event now some 50 years later with the idea that this event might be archived with any other unexplained events in the Fort Ord and Monterey Bay area during that time. My Army training unit was 1st platoon, HHC 2nd Bn 2nd Bde Advanced Infantry Training, Fort Ord California March to May 1966. mufon cms# 89693

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