1978 UFO sightings in New Jersey
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A series of UFO sightings reported in New Jersey, on January 18, 1978.
As in many ufology cases, all the information about the incident was secretly sent to the researcher Leonard H. Stringfield, by a security guard at McGuire Air Force Base. On that day, between 3:00am and 5:00am, several UFO sightings were reported on a military area in New Jersey, where the McGuire AFB and the Fort Dix army encampment are located. According to the reports, about twelve objects were spotted and chased by vehicles of McGuire AFB and Fort Dix, as well as vehicles of the police of New Jersey.
The security guard, named Jeffrey Morse, was making a routine patrol, when someone told him through the walkie-talkie that a police officer from Fort Dix was chasing a low-altitude flying object.
The object flew over the police car, allowing the officer to observe it closely. The police officer claimed the object was oval-shaped, and was lit by green and blue lights. Soon the transmission of the radios was interrupted.
Suddenly, a 1.2 meter tall humanoid creature appeared ahead of the police car. It was brown and had long arms, a skinny body and large head. The police officer shot the being five times with his pistol. He also fired a bullet at the object. The object flew vertically into the sky, where it joined eleven similar objects. All the nearby bases were on total alert, and several patrols were looking for the creature that the police officer shot at. According to a witness, the body of the creature was found near a runway. It seems the being was trying to climb the fence that surrounded the runway. The area was immediately isolated and non-authorized personnel were kept outside it.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations arrived to the place and put itself in charge of the issue. The place had a strong smell of ammonia. People and equipment were transported from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to the locale of the incident, on a 0141 airplane. Witnesses claimed to have seen researchers packing something unidentified, then putting it in a wood box and finally in a metal one. They carried it to a plane and took off. All the people involved in the case were alerted not to tell anything to other people, under the risk of Court-martial.
The American government announced that nothing strange happened on that day.
Morse later released a letter reporting what he experienced that day:
|“||In January 1978, I was stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ. One evening, during the time frame of 0300hrs and 0500hrs., there were a number of UFO sightings in the area over the air field and Ft. Dix Army camp. I am a security policeman and was on routine patrol at the time. N.J. State Police, and Ft. Dix MPs were running code in the direction of Brownsville, NJ. A state trooper then entered gate #5 at the rear of the base requesting assistance and permission to enter. I was dispatched and the trooper wanted access to the runway area which led to the very back of the air field and connected with a heavily wooded area which is part of the Dix training area. He informed me that a Ft. Dix MP was pursueing a low flying object which then hovered over his car. He described it as oval shaped, with no details, and glowing with a blueish green color. His radio transmission was cut off. At that time in front of his police car, appeared a thing, about 4ft tall, grayish, brown, fat head, long arms, and slender body. The MP panicked and fired five rounds from his .45 Cal into the thing, and one round into the object above. The object then fled straight up and joined with eleven others high in the sky. This we all saw but didn?t know the details at the time. Anyway, the thing ran into the woods towards our fenceline and they wanted to look for it. By this time several patrols were involved.
We found the body of the thing near the runway. It had apparently climbed the fence and died while running. It was all of a sudden hush-hush and no one was allowed near the area. We roped off the area and AF OSI came out and took over. That was the last I saw of it. There was a bad stench coming from it too. Like ammonia smelling but it wasn't constent in the air. That day, a team from Wright-Patterson AFB came in a C141 and went to the area. They crated it in a wooden box, sprayed something over it, and then put it into a bigger metal container. They loaded it in the plane and took off. That was it, nothing more was said, no report made and we were all told not to have anything to say about it or we would be court martialed.
See also 
- "Fort Dix / McGuire AFB Case". UFO Evidence. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- Castro, Michelle (November 16, 2003). "O Caso Nova Jersey 1978". Vigilia. Retrieved 2007-02-27. (Portuguese)
- 1978-The Fort Dix Alien - Ufos.about.com
- Pictures of documents relating to the incident, including Morse's letter