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Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/15/1997 21:00 (Entered as : 03/15/1997 21:00)
Reported: 6/14/2013 10:54:20 PM 22:54
Posted: 7/3/2013
Location: San Diego, CA
Shape: Disk
Duration:15 minutes
UfO seen at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA

My name is ((name deleted)), and I am a ((deleted--thirties)) year old ex-US Marine, honorably discharged. I entered the Marine Corp in 1997, and that is the year the event took place. I heard about this on Coast to Coast, and they said to report any event no matter how much time has elapsed. I was in boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and during my thirteen weeks there, there are several times that we were taken to Camp Pendleton.

On this particular occasion we made our way there, and had to hump (hike) a mountain by the name of Old Smokey. Old Smokey is a mountain on Camp Pendleton that was particularly high and steep. Three quarters of the way up you have to basically crawl up the mountain it is so steep. I remember actually passing through the clouds on the way up the mountain it is so high.

At approximately 21:00 hours my company was getting ready to go to bed when a huge craft appeared right above us. It was so close it seemed as though we could almost touch it. It hovered above us as though it was looking right at us.

There was about 200 Marines looking at this enormous craft, including enlisted and officers.

After about ten mins, we heard our helicopters, and jets heading right for the craft. When our jets came within a couple of feet, the craft sped off with speed that I have never seen before.

After it left I’ll never forget the beautiful blue like exhaust that floated in the air for about two hours.

The following day we were told by our commanding officer never to speak of what we saw.