February 1969

UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: Fort Leonard Wood Missouri USA

Date: Feburary 1969 about 8:00 PM Local time. I do not remember the exact date in Feburary.

Approach Direction: From north to south

Departure Direction: To the south

Witness Direction: East

Description: I was in the us Army at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri for basic training 1969.
Near the end of the basic training we were required to go through the Infiltration course This is where you have to crawl along the ground from one end of the course to the other with live machine gun fire over head. We had been training all day on a different course with out live fire so could go through the live fire course that same night.

The infiltration course was located south of the main base, our company was taken out to the course in trucks called cattle trucks. We arrived about 8:00 PM. We were lined up facing the infiltration course. The weather was cold and there was about one inch of snow on the ground. The sky was clear but no moon so the course was really blacked out. We were told that a test firing of the machine guns was to take place. The test firing started and a battery of machine guns started firing short bursts lighting up the snow on the course with the red tracer rounds.
They told us the rounds were only 2 feet over your head so don't stand up. I think they were more like 6 feet but did not want to find out. After the test firing we were told by the company CO to be quiet and not say anything as we waited for the training to begin.
So our whole company stood there waiting in the dark watching the ammo being unloaded from a 2 1/2 ton army truck that was about 100 feet away from us. It was quiet the only sounds were the scraping sounds of the ammo boxes across the steel bed of the truck and the drill sargents talking to each other near the truck. The cold was starting to take hold and I wanted to just get this over with.

Then there was a lot of whispering going on, I thought our drill sargent is not going to be happy about this as we were told to not say a word and he was a old school army type that could really make it hard. Then some guy poked me with a finger and whispered "look".

I looked up to the left about 45 degrees from straight up of where were were facing to see a dull red circle about the size of a half dollar held at arms lenght slowly crossing the infiltration course at about (guess) 500 feet in altitude. It continued south and slowly out of sight. All this time the drill sargents was busy with the unloading of the truck.

We went through the course and I did not see anything else after this.
But I still remember the strange sighting even today.

Color/Shape: Dull red circle, like a red stop light. No noise. Stayed at the same speed and color. Did not light up the snow that was on the course.

Height & Speed: About 500 feet, 5-10 mph from the North to south

TV/Radio/Press: No, but except for the drill sargents and the CO The whole company had to see it. At the time I did not know what it was, today I still don't.


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