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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/30/1967 03:00 (Entered as : 1967 3:00)
Reported: 8/16/2009 5:15:00 PM 17:15
Posted: 8/27/2009
Location: Oakwood (Dayton), OH
Shape: Circle
Duration:3 minutes
In the forty years since, I have yet to see anything that will explain away what I witnessed in the middle of the night.

I have revisited this moment many times throughout my life and have yet to fully understand what it was I saw. I only know that in the fifty years I have lived, I have never seen anything like this since.

I lived in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, in town called Oakwood. I believe it was the fall of 1967 when I had this encounter, which would put me at about 8 years old. This phenomenon occurred in the middle of the night after having returned to my bed from the bathroom.

After laying back down I noticed a bright, round, moonlike object about a mile to the west and coming closer. I was so unsure of what I was witnessing that I went to the window to get a better look. I watched for a couple of minutes as this bright object came closer. It was now several stories above the tree tops above our neighbor’s backyard. It had no sound and no discernable outline, but only the color of light. It was round, about 30 feet across, and moving rather slowly. I had to move to the other window that faced north to our backyard. I thought about calling out to my mother, but thought that by the time she awoke and got to me, the object would be gone. Just then the light went out. It didn’t shoot away or disappear, it just went out. It wasn’t replaced by a black outline against the sky. I looked for several more minutes waiting to see if it would light up again or see some outline moving against the sky. Nothing.

I wasn’t scared, just a bit confused, so went back to bed and fell asleep.

The next morning, before going to school, I sat at breakfast and told my mother what I saw. She didn’t have much comment over the subject, so I didn’t push the topic.

That day in school we had show and tell. I remember sitting in a circle to the left of our teacher. As we went around the circle, I wondered if I should tell about my night. I did. To my surprise the teacher didn’t think I was making up stories. Instead, she said on her way to work she heard on the radio that there had been reports by others who had seen this strange object.

I will always wonder what it was, who it was, where it came from or where it went. I have never seen anything like it to explain away what it was.

I have recalled this account so that it might conjure up a memory for someone else that may have seen this around the same time and in the same area.


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))