|Occurred : 11/30/1979 01:00 (Entered as : 11/30/79 1:00)
Reported: 3/4/2009 2:06:56 PM 14:06
Location: Ft. Jackson, SC
In the winter of 1979, I was in A.I.T. at Ft. Jackson S.C. A-12-4.
I and another soldier were on guard duty at an ammo dump. I was walking ten paces ahead of him (according the rules of patrolling) on the left side of the raised dump mound, as we both became aware of a light flashing in the sky. It was lighting up the whole area, and seemed to be happening in regular intervals, about 15 seconds apart. After a few flashes, although I couldn't tell of its origin, I could somehow sense the direction from which it came. I sped up my pace to get to the far end of the mound, so I could better see where it was coming from. When I got to the end of the mound, I looked up at the sky in that direction. It was a beautiful clear night, you could see forever, but one star seemed to stand out. It seemed to have a bit of a green tint to it, otherwise it looked like all the other stars. Then it flashed. I can only describe it as looking like a giant flash cube. It lit up the whole area. Then it turned red and streaked across the sky, within a second it was out of sight.
I freaked out, not being able to believe what I had just witnesed. The soldier who was behind me didn't see it take off but he saw my reaction to it. By that time "to hell with the rules" we were walking side by side like a couple of scared little kids, as I was telling him what I saw in every detail, when the area lit up again. We stood there breathless, crouched down watching this thing do just as it had done before. It lit up the entire area about 5 or 6 times in about 15 second intervals, turned red and streaked back across the sky, gone in a second.
Another soldier who was in the guard shack saw the flashing but didn't see where it came from.
We did report the incident, but it wasn't taken seriously, we were laughed at.
The 1st duty station I was assigned to after training happened to be on a missile range. I was privy to see at that time what was the fastest flying missiles in the US Arsenal. Nothing I ever saw could even compair to what we saw that day in South Carolina.
((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))