This is a second hand recap of a first hand account from a family member and his UFO encounter aboard The U.S.S. Edson DD946 a Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer of the United States Navy. The Edson was docked from 1989 to 2004 at the U.S.S. Intrepid Museum in New York City for display. Some of you might have been on board there.
I think the story has some significance due to the history of the U.S.S. Edson. The destroyer was in The Gulf of Tonkin in August of 1964 during The Gulf of Tonkin Incident and possibly fired some of the first shots of the escalation of American involvement in The Viet Nam War with The Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution. The Edson provided fire support for aircraft carriers that made the first bombing runs. The ship was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service in support of operations in the Gulf of Tonkin during the period 2 – 5 August 1964.
Here is a good video account of the Gulf Of Tonkin Incident and President Johnsons Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution. The resolution was the first time a U.S. president used executive power to make war in the absence of a congressional declaration of war.
What Really Happened At The Gulf Of Tonkin
The family member involved was a fire control technician and was in charge of the ship fire control systems computers that track targets for the ship during combat. In turn aiming the guns from the radar data automatically.
There is no trace of evidence of this UFO encounter due to it being logged in the ships rough log (handwritten) but not recorded in the smooth log. So no F.O.I.A. documents are available. Sorry the story will have to do. It was witnessed by over 200 people including a trained lookout with a night vision device according to this witness.
It happened in the summer of 1962 or 1963, his memory is a bit fuzzy on the exact date and year. The Edson was sailing about 100 miles off the coast of California. Most of the enlisted men were watching a movie in the mess decks. Someone came in and said they should go out on deck because something was putting on an aerial show.
When they got on deck a light was in the sky that was moving at speeds and doing maneuvers that no aircraft is capable of. He stated that the craft would do 90 degree turns at hundreds of miles an hour. It would go straight up until almost out of sight and then dive at incredible speeds until they thought it would hit the water only to ascend again before hitting. In doing so stopping from a dive at hundreds of miles per hour and going straight up again. To the best of my memory hearing the story over the years, he said it was a cigar shaped craft and very luminescent.
He stated they could lock onto the ‘bogey’ with their gear, but would lose it during turns and a pass over. The equipment was capable of tracking any military aircraft they were aware of but could not track this. It was metallic or it would not have appeared on the radar at that range. He said they clocked it at speeds way beyond any known military aircraft’s capabilities at that time or now.
So that’s all he told me, but with so many witnesses perhaps some of you know someone that was on board that night and could add to this.
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