Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Too Young to Be Believed: The White Sands Sightings

Here’s something else that really annoys me. I’ve been doing some research into the Levelland case after Robert Sheaffer mentioned that four of the witnesses had been discredited. I’m not sure discredited is the correct word, but I have discovered some problems with three of these testimonies, but that’s a discussion for another time.

This led me to the sightings at White Sands Missile Range that took place some two or three hours after the sightings in Levelland. The witnesses were military police on routine patrol and reported an object that descended onto the range and according to the testimony, including what one of them told me, the object was seen below the horizon and not all that far away. That rules out the “official” explanation, which, of course, doesn’t mean it was an alien spacecraft.

What annoyed me was the statements made by the investigating officer after the interviews. He basically rejected the testimony of the men because of their youth. Glenn Toy was 21 and James Wilbanks was only 19. The impression that because of their youth, they were naïve and impressionable. I mean, one was still a teenager and you would expect them to be overly excited by the attention being paid to them.

187th AHC on the ground. 
The problem is that the military often places great responsibility on the shoulders of the young, including teenagers. As a single example of this, I was appointed an aircraft commander at 19. I had, by that time, flown nearly 300 hours in that combat arena and had an additional 200 hours of flight time. I lead the flight more than once, and was responsible for my aircraft and the lives of the crew, not to mention the passengers.

I might mention here one other aspect of it. In our unit we called one of the helicopter pilots and aircraft commanders “Papa.” He was the oldest of the men who were assigned to the flight and was not one of the platoon leaders or the company commander. I mention this because, at that  time, Papa was… TWENTY-THREE.

The point is that you simply can’t look at the age of the person and decide that he or she is somehow less than competent. The Army looked at the skills of the soldier to decide what his or her responsibilities might be. All we have to do is look through history to see that soldiers have often reacted with intelligence, skill and courage in some nearly unimaginable situations.

You can reject the White Sands sightings of November 3, 1957, because you don’t believe in alien visitation or because you believe there is another solution that doesn’t require the invention of interstellar travel, but you can’t reject it because the witnesses were so young. In the military that is just a non-starter.


Louis Nicholson said...

Yes and being young but still very credible and responsible is nothing new. In the American Civil War, there were a number of very young generals, such as George Custer (general at age 23) and Galusha Pennypacker, the youngest general at 20. What matters is not the age of the body but the maturity of the mind.

Unknown said...


What do you think of the Levelland explanation below?

Kevin Currie

KRandle said...

The theory proposed was obviously created without an examination of the Air Force file on the case which mentioned rain in the area, a mist, and low clouds. It was, according to the Air Force, a dark and stormy night.

However, an examination of the weather records suggests that these statements were untrue, but you have to dig a little deeper to learn that. There seems to be good evidence that there had been rain in the area earlier in the day, which, again, would rule out this dust in the engine theory.

One of the witnesses insisted his car restarted spontaneously, but the others had to take some action, meaning they started their cars.

This is the first time that this particular theory has been suggested, but it doesn't really fit the facts, and you have to ask yourself, how was it that this sort of thing happened only in the Levelland area on that particular night. There were other reports of the object, or an object, in other parts of the Texas panhandle, and reports of car engines stalling over about a twelve hour period.

So, no, I don't think the theory accounts for the problem... and, oh yes, the Sheriff had his engine checked the next day and no one reported any dust clogging up the engine.