Go Back Report # 966
SM-00-1951 or 2



Lack of space compels us to omit a number of interesting pre-1958 sightings that have come to our attention since our last newsletter, but one having several rare features is brief enough to be described. During the summer of 1951 or 1952, John Van Roden, Jr. was employed by Freedoms Foundation, which at that time was using for headquarters a converted barn in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At about 8:30 on a very cloudy overcast morning, Van Roden, accompanied by another employee, an older man, left the barn, over which hung a low fog layer, barely 50 feet above the roof. Van Roden heard a sound like a train (which it might have been as railroad tracks ran nearby). He looked up - not, however, because the sound seemed to come from overhead - and saw, practically above the two men, a large disk-shaped object. It had a surface like dull silver except at the top where a bright segment appeared as if it were reflecting the light. The disk did not appear to be spinning; if it was, the motion was so rapid that the bright reflection did not flicker. After about 30 seconds, the disk rose, steadily, without tilting, like an elevator. The fog layer boiled turbulently (it did not spin all one way like a vortex or a tornado cloud), and was sucked up in a funnel shape1 as the disk rose into the cloud and disappeared. (Personal statement to Lex Mebane from Mr. Van Roden.)

This reference: Civilian Saucer Intelligence Newsletter of N.Y.

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/

Note 1 See: http://www.waterufo.net/PIufoW.php regarding vortex under UFO.-CF-


North America United States, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge Latitude 40-06-00 N, Longitude 75-26-42 W (D-M-S) [National Historic Park]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.


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