Udo Wartena's Story of an Alien Encounter
1940, Udo Wartena (YOU doe, WAR tena), a Mormon prospector working at a
remote claim near Townsend, Montana, had an encounter with a saucer-shaped
craft with strange "men" aboard. Udo was known by friends as an
honest man who led a straightforward, simple life. For years he remained
silent, worried that his experience was a figment of his imagination. He
first wrote down his experience in a letter to Senator John Glenn dated 1980.
Udo gave copies of his letter to several friends, one of whom was my cousin
John Dell (now living in Tucson, Arizona).
The Observers (his duty as my
cousin!), John Dell was reminded of Udo's letter and made a copy for me in
January 2007. I've transcribed the letter into an html file (keeping the original punctuation):
Udo Wartena letter follows.
Udo Wartena Letter (West Linn, Oregon, 1980):
In the forepart of May 1940, I had
gone upon the mountain and found a glacier deposit. And from all indications
had every possibility of carrying values.
As I was
working part-time for the Northwest Mining Co., I could only prospect on my
days off. So it was into the summer before I could prove (Sic-probe?) the ground. There were a lot of large
boulders to move but when I got to bedrock, I found some fine gold.
As I would
need water for washing the material, I figured it was wise to bring the water
down to where I could use it.
day miners had dug a ditch around the mountain side (this was over sixty
years before my time), so after clearing the logs and large trash out of it,
I diverted the water out of the creek, into the ditch. As the ditch had not
been used these many years, it was quite a mess.
was practically level for the first quarter of a mile, so it was late in the
afternoon by the time it would flow freely. The next morning I cleaned the
main ditch to where I put in a dam. Then, dug a ditch to where I could use
As the work
for the Northwest Mining Co. had picked up, I wasn't able to work the
prospect too much. Though every spare day I had was used there.
I still had
some large boulders to move and while doing this one morning I heard a noise.
Like that of a high flying plane, as army planes flying over, from Great
Falls. At first I didn't take much note, but as the noise continued, I
thought a car had driven up. So I got upon higher ground.
where I had put the dam in the main ditch, a large (I will call it ship). It
looked like a blimp, only more pointed on each end, and not as thick through
the middle. About 35' thick better than 100' long.
As I stood
there, a stairway was let down and a man came down this and started walking
towards me. As I was somewhat more than interested, I went to meet him. He
stopped when we were about ten or twelve feet apart.
He was a
nice looking man, seemingly about my age, 35 or more. He wore a light gray
pair of coveralls, a tam of the same material on his head, and on his feet
were slippers or moccasins.
He asked me if it would be
alright if they took some of the water. I could not see why not, I
said sure. He then gave a signal and a hose or pipe was let down.
was like mine, but he spoke slowly, as if he was a linguist. He asked me what
I was doing. I explained this to him. He asked me if I would be interested to
come aboard. As he seemed an intelligent and pleasant person, I figured it
would be interesting.
As we got
closer to the ship, I noticed that it was round, like two dinner plates, one
inverted over the other. It seemed to be made of metal. As I look back and
compare, it seemed like stainless steel, though not bright or shiny.
appeared to be about 35' thick and well over a hundred feet in diameter. When
we got into the ship, we entered into a room about twelve by sixteen feet,
with a close fitting door on the farther end. Indirect lighting near the
ceiling, and nice upholstered benches around the sides.
There was an older man in the room,
plainly dressed and with white hair. It was then that I noticed that the
younger man also had white hair. Some how I believe they knew who I was, but
they did not introduce themselves. Perhaps if they had, I may have been a bit
man asked me what I would be interested in. So I first asked why they wanted this particular water. He
said the water is good, as if they had gotten the same before, and it was
had entered the ship, I had noticed that the sound I had heard outside was
hardly noticeable, except what came up the stairwell. So I asked him what
caused the noise or humming. He said this would be a bit complicated, but he
would try to explain so I could understand.
He said as
you noticed we are floating above the ground, and though the ground slopes,
the ship is level.
in the outside rim of the ship two flywheels one turning one way and the
other the opposite direction. He explained that this gives the ship its own
gravitation, or rather overcomes the gravitational pull of the earth, other
planets or the sun or stars. And though this pull is light, we use this
gravitational pull of the stars and planets to ride on.
into somewhat greater detail on the power development by these two flywheels.
He mentioned something about them developing an electromagnetic force. As
this was quite new to me and he realized that, but he saw I had gotten the
picture, so he stopped.
I asked him
where he got the energy to run the ship. He said from the sun and stars, and
he would store this in batteries, though this was for emergency use.
asked him what their object was or purpose in coming here. Well, he said, as
you have noticed, we look pretty much as you do, so we mingle with you
people, gather information, leave instructions, or give help where needed. I
would have liked to ask him more about that, but didn't feel this proper, so
let it ride at that.
had been talking, a light had come on apparently signaling that the water had
been taken care of.
When I felt
it was time for me to leave, I mentioned this. He asked me if I would be
interested in going with them. I said that I thought it would be interesting
to go with them but it would inconvenience too many people. Later I wondered
why I had said that.
started to leave, they suggested that I tell no one, as no one would believe
me at that time, but in years to come I could tell about this experience.
walked away from the ship, they raised the stairway, and when I got a couple
of hundred feet away from the ship, I turned around.
more portholes had opened up and though I could see no one, I felt sure they saw
me. Anyway, I waved at them.
then rose straight up, then while circling slightly it continued going
straight and in a very short while was completely out of sight.
As I didn't
have a watch, I did not know how long I had been with them. It was around
noon so it must have been about two hours from the time I first saw the ship.
experience was so overwhelming that I did not go back to work. I kept going
over in my mind all that had happened. I went back to where the stairway had
been and though it
hadn't gone into the soil, the grass was crushed down.
at the time, why I hadn't accepted the invitation to go with them but instead
had said "that it would inconvenience too many people". I then
recollected an incident which happened a few years before I came to this
A young man
was staying with an old prospector, and early one morning before eating he
put on a light jacket and told the man he would be gone for a while. When the
young man did not show up all that next day or the next, the old prospector
notified the Sheriff, and he with his deputies and about forty C.C.C.1
boys looked all over for him, but no trace was found.
wondered if he might have accepted an invitation to board a ship similar to
wondered at times if this could have all been in my imagination. But then
again I saw the impression of the ship in the grass.
the years a number of things have come to mind. The explanation of how this
ship moved, seemingly not affected by earths gravitational pull.
the man told me at the time and what has come to me since, I believe I am not
too far from an answer to this.
It is for
this reason I am writing to you. No doubt with the help of some other minds,
the answer will be forthcoming.
just about reached the stage where we need a different type of air
transportation and this is the answer.
confident that you could put me in touch with some people who could help to
West Linn, Oregon
[Letter written to Senator John Glenn. A copy was given
by Udo to John Dell.]
This reference: University of Computer Science and
Engineering, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). With thanks to S.
Gill Williamson, Professor Emeritus, CSE, UCSD for permission to post to this
Letter from Udo Wartena: http://www-cse.ucsd.edu/~gill/UdoWartLetter.htm
Note 1: C.C.C.
(Civilian Conservation Corps): http://www.cccalumni.org/history1.html
UFOCAT PRN - NONE
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Aston, Warren P., “An Analysis of the 1940 Udo Wartena Case:
Discovering the Alien Agenda,” in Symposium Proceedings, The
Fiftieth Anniversary of Ufology, annual MUFON Symposium, Grand
Rapids, Michigan, July 1997
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HUMCAT addition # 3034. Source: Warren P. Aston, Fate, April 1998
UFOCAT URN – NONE MUFON UFO Journal,
#470, dated June 2007, p. 8
North America – United States, Montana, Broadwater
46-19-09 N, Longitude 111-31-15 W (D-M-S)
Broadwater County Latitude
46-19-18 N, Longitude 111-31-25 W