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.
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:
June 1969-21:35 [9:35 p.m.] -Have unidentified objects under observation.
Group [Chicago Coast Guard] notified this time and date."
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.
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."
the same time, another Coast Guardsman, Gus P. Tarantino, also noticed the
objects, which he described as "solid with colored lights around
Davenport contacted Calumet Harbor personnel to inquire if they had noticed
the lights. They had.
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.
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.
seemed very close to the station," Kleman said.
The station's personnel continued to observe the
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
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.
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..."
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.”
a photographer-reporter for The (Michigan City) News-Dispatch, saw an object
over the lakefront at 11:30.
like [an] upside down saucer," he reported to NICAP, "with [a]
pulsating red light around [the] bottom. [The] top was [an] orange-yellow
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
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,
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)
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
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
Latitude 41.72 N, Longitude 86.90 W [URN