The Hartzler family farm was in complete disarray with fighter planes buzzing the property and HU-1 helicopters unloading troops. The Lieutenant shouted out to Jerry’s dad, “UFO!” and then turned to command his troops: “Charge the woods! Shoot it down!” Before the soldiers could reach the bright light, which had sat down in 5-acres of woods near the dairy cattle, the “craft” lifted and shot out of sight within 2-seconds.
Just like that, it was gone leaving behind no evidence other than a 30′ burn radius where it had been setting momentarily. Incidentally, the Indiana Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene during this whole ordeal, but they were immediately brushed aside by the Air Force.
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The F-104 Starfighters retreated to Grissom Air Force Base and the soldiers loaded back up in the Huey’s they had arrived in. The Hartzlers were left to wonder what had just happened. Had an experimental aircraft experienced momentary trouble? Was it the Russians? What did the officer mean by UFO? Why did it set down near the cattle, and then shoot away? What’s with the big burn circle on the ground?
The next day Project Blue Book was on site to interview all witnesses while taking soil samples and additional blood samples from all the cattle and every family member. The family was ordered by the Air Force to not sell their dairy milk. They were to dump it on the ground out in the fields, and the government agreed to send them a check for their losses. No explanations were given as to what exactly had taken place other than to confirm that this particular case was “unexplainable.” Project Blue Book personnel confirmed that it was definitely not a weather balloon or experimental air craft, but fell within what they called “the 1%,” which was a category reserved for legitimate UFO activity.
Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. It started in 1952, and it was the third study of its kind (the first two were projects Sign (1947) and Grudge (1949)). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.
Project Blue Book had two goals: (1) to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and (2) to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.
Forty-eight years later, no further explanations have been given. It was over as soon as it had begun. The military had rushed to the sight, and the local sheriff’s department likewise. But just as soon as they had arrived, they left with loads of collected evidence, leaving no explanations behind. Years passed in silence while the work of the farm continued on as it always had.
Years later, one night while Jerry’s dad was working the fields alone, he saw the shadow of his diesel tractor on the ground. How odd it was; after all, it was night-time. He looked up to see the massive, silent light hovering over he and his tractor. All of the sudden, the diesel died and then the light shot away just as it had years earlier (any farmer can tell you a diesel doesn’t just die immediately). His dad, a complete UFO skeptic, leaped from his dead tractor and ran to the house, shaken and very nerved. He frantically described to the family what had happened and didn’t return to night work in the fields for a short season afterwards. Remembering the circus like atmosphere that had occurred years earlier, they chose not to report this incident.
In the years that followed, Jerry’s parents refused to speak of the night when the Air Force descended on their farm in full force. It was just one of those things that they would have liked to forget, as if it never happened. However, the motive for not speaking may not be what you think it was. It was due to what happened on Day-3 of the original sighting October 9th, 1967, which insured a lifetime gag-rule.