Go Back Report # 81


Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dern           

       Object was seen at 8:40 P.M., coming from the Southeast at a height of 80 to 100 ft. (it was at tree height) 300 yards distant from witness, being about 1 ½ to 2 feet in diameter, with flaming trail. As it passed a fence line it went out. At this point the object dropped directly to the ground, as he could see the dark object in the moon light. The object was traveling very fast "Faster than a car floored, which is 120 MPH". He also noticed something like heat waves behind object. His dogs barking caused him to look up the drive, thereby seeing the object. He called the Sheriff's Department. They responded to the cell in 30 - 45 minutes. Only one of the five officers responding went with the witness into the field to look for the object with a flashlight, as by this time it had clouded over and started snowing. Winds at the time of sighting were out of the Southwest with gusts up to 35 MPH. There had been several inches of new snowfall and considerable amount of drifting since the time of the sighting.      

       I went out to talk with the witness on the 23rd and also to check the area. The witness and I went into the field, trying to see if we could find the object in daylight. We noticed an area about 15 feet in sort of a circular shape which had a crust of ice 3/4 to 1 inch thick 1. Using a compass, the needle spun around and was very arratic (sic) at one spot on the ice area. Moving a few feet away the compass went back, to normal operation, we did not find anything other than the magnetic fluctuation. We went to his house and he filled in the report form. 

       He said he had been getting all kinds of "ribbing" from the guys at work plus quite a few calls from antagonizers and such. In confidence the witness and his wife told me the following since we are serious, and we would not belittle or think them crackpots:     

       At 10:30 P.M. the night of the sighting, they were asleep or in a half sleep. Both awoke by a sudden strange noise of a high pitched whine with an undertone hum being steady for 30 seconds or longer. The dog outside was yelping anc1 barking during this time. He asked his wife what was the matter, her response was, "It must be the same thing that is bothering you." It wasn't until morning that his wife told him that she heard the noise.           

Enclosed is the newspaper clipping of this sighting. W.G.M.

Note: From the NICAP forms, other facts not mentioned in the above narrative that apply to the sighting:

1) How long did you see the object? Ans. 10-15 seconds.

2) Size at arms length? Ans. Size of a Grapefruit .

Other questions on the form were of a personal nature.-CF-                                                 

This reference: NICAP report by Wayne G. Martiny, dated February 23, 1967           

My note #1: The craft landed in the snow – possibly melting it. Obviously the melted snow had refrozen as ice after the craft left.-CF-

Following is the News clip mentioned above           

‘UFO’ Search Fruitless          

        An unidentified flying object reportedly landed north of the city Tuesday night, but the man who reported sighting it and five sheriff deputies haven't been able to find it.

       A rural Sheboygan man was out operating a snow blower in his driveway, about 9 p.m. when he said he saw a strange object with a lighted tail land in the field near his home. The object was reportedly seen somewhere between County Trunk J and the Mueller Road by Richard Dern, of 4414 N. 2nd St., who said "it looked like an object from outer space, but not a flying saucer."

       Dern said the object looked like it was on fire but that the lighted tail vanished just before the object came down. He said he saw the object dropping toward earth. He described it as being about a foot and a half in diameter.

       After notifying the sheriff's department, Dern and five deputies made a search of the field where Dern reported last Sighting the object.

       They could find nothing.

       Nobody checked the area this morning.                                                                          

This reference: News clip. Only note is Sheboygan, Wis., dated 02-22-1967

UFOCAT PRN - 43582

UFOCAT URN – 43582 NICAP Investigation Files         

Note: in researching UFOCAT on this sighting, I was surprised to find another sighting in the same general area on the same date. This of course might have nothing to do with the above sighting, BUT should be considered. The time difference of the sighting is only 10 minutes and the time given is usually an estimate:

UFOCAT PRN - 43583

UFOCAT URN – 43583 NICAP Investigation Files

Time of sighting - 2030. Place - Sheboygan Falls. Witness - Kohler

UFOCAT text: Green sphere trailing wisps of white, moved slowly, low altitude.-CF- 

North America – United States, Wisconsin

Sheboygan                  Latitude 43-45-02 N, Longitude 87-42-30 W (D-M-S)

Sheboygan Falls          Latitude 43-43-44 N, Longitude 87-48-38 W

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form  

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 43.76 N, Longitude 87.71 W (D.%) [For both Sheboygan & Sheboygan Falls]        


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