Go Back Report # 405
06-20-1969

06-20-1969  

SUBMERGING UFO REPORTED         

UFOs that dove into Lake Michigan, caused electro-magnetic (E-M) effects to cars, paced an automobile, apparently created "static electricity" in the air and frightened witnesses were observed in at least four states and England during the last three months. Among the witnesses were policemen, Coast Guardsmen, a harbor patrolman and an electronics engineer.

       On the evening of June 20, numerous witnesses in and around the Michigan City, Indiana, area, bordering Lake Michigan, saw a series of multi-colored, maneuvering lights for a period of several hours.

The following entry was made in the Coast Guard log:          

       "20 June 1969-21:35 [9:35 p.m.] -Have unidentified objects under observation. Group [Chicago Coast Guard] notified this time and date."

       The entry was signed by Coast Guardsman Vernon L. Kleman.

Robert Davenport, the Michigan City Coast Guard Station's Officer of the Day, had notified the Chicago station, but they didn't take the call seriously. What had the Michigan City people been drinking? Five minutes later Davenport received a call from Calumet City officials, who had been alerted by Chicago. What was going on? No significant change. The lights were still there.

       "The objects appeared solid and yet were a source of their own light," Vernon Kleman stated in his report to NICAP. "They appeared as if from nowhere and could brighten up to a size much larger than when originally seen. They moved at a variety of speeds, some fast, some slow and at times they were stationary for a minute or more... The objects were colored white, green or orange and they changed colors at will... The objects were viewed over Gary, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, and Lake Michigan."

       At about the same time, another Coast Guardsman, Gus P. Tarantino, also noticed the objects, which he described as "solid with colored lights around them."

       At 10:15, Davenport contacted Calumet Harbor personnel to inquire if they had noticed the lights. They had.

       A few minutes later, Davenport, Kleman, Tarantino and a fourth Coast Guardsman, Charles Dolan, saw, from the large picture window in their radio room, a huge, brilliant, white object out over the lake. They rushed to turn off the inside and outside lights for a better view.

       The roughly oval-shaped UFO appeared to have a rotating rim with red, green and yellow lights around its center. Increasing in intensity, the object was in view for about a minute before it "quickly diminished in size and brilliance" and disappeared.

       "It seemed very close to the station," Kleman said.

The station's personnel continued to observe the maneuvering lights.

Object Enters Lake    

       "Once a smaller object seemed to enter the water," Kleman continued. "It was submerged for 4-6 seconds. Then it traveled straight upward at an excessive speed."

       It was about 10:25 when members of the alerted Michigan City Police Department and Port Authority began to see the UFOs. Robert G. Howington, harbor policeman, said the objects he saw disappeared to the "northwest with terrific speed." Officer Ted Stantz saw lights that erratically "went back and forth across the sky." Policeman James R. Coughlin and others saw the objects at the same time.

       "We saw about 9 or l0 such objects over a span of about two hours," Police Sgt. Lance M. Hilberg stated in his report to NICAP. "One seemed to approach very close. The others were quite high and very distant. All objects appeared very bright and solid. The closest one was extremely bright [and] faded away at tremendous speed--much faster than any aircraft..."

       Officer Tony C. Ragle said he was cruising in his squad car when he got a call to assist personnel at the Port Authority. Looking through his windshield, he saw the large bright object that "hovered over Lake Michigan for approximately 90 seconds, then went up and darted toward Chicago.”

       Bill Allen, a photographer-reporter for The (Michigan City) News-Dispatch, saw an object over the lakefront at 11:30.

       "It looked like [an] upside down saucer," he reported to NICAP, "with [a] pulsating red light around [the] bottom. [The] top was [an] orange-yellow color."

       At 11:35, the Chicago Coast Guard Station called Davenport. This time they were serious. They had talked with Calumet Harbor personnel, who had confirmed the sightings. The Chicago group said they would check the local airports. At about 11:45, they called back to report that no known aircraft were in the vicinity.

       "I've stood many observation watches," Kleman concluded in his report. "It's a part of my job, but this is the most unusual thing I have ever seen. The objects were not illusionary or any kind of reflection. In my opinion, they were material”.

NICAP's Chicago area Subcommittee member Bill Laas investigated the sightings.               

This Reference: The U.F.O. Investigator, Published by the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. Vol. V, No. 1, September-October, 1969

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFODATABASE, see http://www.larryhatch.net     

UFOCAT PRN – 69781

UFOCAT URN – 050121 UFO Chronlog by Joseph Erhardt, #027, no date of publication.

UFOCAT URN – 069781 UFO Investigator, Publication of NICAP, October 1969, p. 1, p. 3

UFOCAT URN – 166356 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 08891 © 2002       

North America - United States, Indiana and Illinois

Michigan City, Indiana  Latitude 41-42-27 N, Longitude 86-53-42 W (D-M-S)

Gary, Indiana               Latitude 41-35-36 N, Longitude 87-20-47 W

Chicago, Illinois            Latitude 41-51-00 N, Longitude 87-39-00 W

Calumet City Illinois     Latitude 41-36-56 N, Longitude 87-31-46 W

Lake Michigan              Latitude 44-00-00 N, Longitude 87-00-00 W

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 41.72 N, Longitude 86.89 W (D.%)

                                      Latitude 41.72 N, Longitude 86.90 W [URN 166356]


 



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