By Richard F. Haines
UFO Magazine July/August 1995
Testimony of Francis P. Wall, Private First Class in the US Army during the Korean War.
"This event that I am about to relate to you is the truth, so help me God. It happened in the early Spring of 1951 in the country of Korea. We were in the Army infantry. I was in the 25th Division, 27th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 'Easy' Company.
"We were in what is known on the miltary maps as the Iron Triangle, near Chorwon. We were to the left of Chorwon, just across the mountain ridge from this city - town -- whatever you want to call it. It is night. We are located upon the slopes of a mountain, between the fingers of a mountain as they run down toward the valley below where there is a Korean village.
"Previously we have sent our men into this village to warn the populous that we are going to bombard it with artillery. Upon this night that I'm talkin' about, we were doin' just that. We had aerial artillery bursts coming' in. And we suddenly noticed down, with the mountains to our backs, we noticed on our right-hand side what appeared to be a jack-o-lantern come wafting down across the mountain.
"And at first no one thorught anything about it. So we noticed that this thing continued on down to the village to where, indeed, the artillery air bursts were exploding. And we further noticed that this object would get right into... it was that quick that it could get into the center of an airburst of artillery and yet remain unharmed. And, subsequently, this time element on this, I can't recall exactly. I would say anywhere from oh, forty-five minutes to an hour all told."
"But then this object approached us. And it turned a blue-green brilliant light It's hard to distinguish the size of it, there's no way to compare it. It pulsated. The light, that is, was pulsating. It wasn't ah, regular.
"Alright, this object approached us. I asked for and received permission from Lt. Evans, our company commander at that time, to fire upon this object, which I did with an M-1 rifle with armor-piercing bullets, or rounds in it. And I did hit it. It must have been metallic because you could hear when the projectile slammed into it.
"Now what do you say, why would that, ah, bullet damage this craft if the artillery rounds didn't? I don't know unless they had dropped their protective field around 'em, or whatever. That this, ah, technology envisions, that they had to protect it. But the object went wild and it... the light was goin' on and off and it went off completely once, briefly. And it was moving erratically from side to side as though it might crash to the ground.
"The, ah, sound, which we had heard no sound previous to this, the sound of, like of, ah, you've heard diesel locomotives reving up. That's the way this thing sounded. And, then, we were attacked, I guess you would call it. In any event, we were swept by some form of a ray that was emitted in pulses, in waves that you could visually see only when it was aiming directly at you. That is to say, like a searchlight sweeps around and the segments of light you would see it coming at you.
BURNING, TINGLING SENSATION
"Now you would feel a burning, tingling sensation all over your body, as though something were penetrating you. And, ah, so the company commander, Lt. evans, hauled us into our bunkers. We didn't know what was going to happen. We were to look out to fire at the enemy. So, I'm in my bunker with another man. We're peeping out at this thing. It hovered over us for a while, lit up the whole area with its light that I'm telling you about, and then I saw it shoot off at a 45-degree angle, it's that quick, just, it was there and was gone. That quick. And it was as though that was the end of it.
"But, three days later the entire company of men had to be evacuated by ambulance. They had to cut roads in there and haul them out, they were too weak to walk. And they had dysentery and then subsequently, ah, when the doctor did see them, ah, they had an extremely high white blood cell count which the doctors could not account for.
"Now let me inform you on this. In the military, especially the Army, each day you file a report, a company report. Now, we had a confab about that. What do we do about this? Do we file it in the report or not? And the consensus was 'no.' Because they'd lock every one of us up, and think we were crazy. At that time no such thing as a UFO had ever been heard of and we didn't know what it was.
"And I still don't know what it was. But I do know that since that time I have periods of disorientation, memory loss, and ah, I dropped from 180 pounds to 138 pounds after I got back to this country. And I've had great difficulty keeping my weight up. Indeed, I'm retired and disabled today."
"Oh, there's one thing I forgot. I'm not trying to add to the story but there is one thing that's important. You know I told you I fired at it with the M-1 rifle...made contact. And the thing went wild like it was gonna fall.
"Alright, subsequently, we opened up with everything we had and after that nothing would affect it...That one shot got it. But evidently, their defenses were lowered, briefly, and when I connected, and when their defenses were thrown back up, and after that, nothing could hit it.
There was no contact?
"No contact. But the first time I did connect. And it was metallic because it was an armor piercing projectile from an M-1 rifle. And we did hear the metal to metal, as it impacted.
Was it almost instantaneously, because apparently the object wasn't very far away?
"It wasn't far away, no. It was hovering right above us, like that, about like that ah, ceiling there...and apparently observing us...It apparently had NO HOSTILE INTENT at that time, until I fired.
Did you recall whether there was any sound associated with the event?
"There was no sound until I hit the object. That's what I'm telling you, that this sound of locomotives reving up, diesel locomotives. Yeh, a deep sound. And that thing was winding up...and it, it recovered from this impact. And it was fully operational.
"But I did see the blue-green light on one of your pictures there... like I described to you...It was orange in the beginning and then it changed to a bluegreen light...I do believe that these things are real and I think that there is a cover up, and we were ordered to say nothing about this. That shows you they are covering up...It is foolish to believe that we have the only technology anywhere, you know? There are other intelligences...Well I hope, I wish...if I can raise up any of the names of the men, possibly, that are still alive, and I doubt if you could get them to come forth, but if I could, there would be some way to verify this. I'm 60 years old now, but back when I was younger there were three days I still can't account for.
"There's three days I still can't account for. Why, ever since I came back home. My wife can tell you about it but I still don't remember...I've had these extreme headaches. They'd have to send me home, put me in the hospital and so forth..but you could talk to my wife, ah, what's left of my family, half of them are in the grave...and they'll tell you that I've told the same story many times. And if I was lying I think I'd get mixed up in it after a while.
What do you think the object was?
"An alien spacecraft - nothing like I had ever seen.
This close encounter of the first and second kind contains interesting corroborative data to the March 10, 1951 pilot sighting near Chinnampo, North Korea, the January 29, 1952 sighting by three military pilots flying near Wonson at night, and the February 24, 1952 bomber crew sighting over Antung, and the May 31, 1952 pilot sighting south of Chorwon.
This particular sighting report also contains valuable details related to the nature of this aerial reality such as apparent three-dimensionality and mass, emitted noises and luminous radiation in a partially collimated fashion (in seeming reaction to the impact of the soldier's rifle projectile), biological interaction (immediate skin sensations and subsequent skin surface and internal sequelae), and a responsiveness that is (allegedly) in direct response to the witness' "aggressive" behavior. The identity of what is behind this phenomenon remains shrouded in mystery.
In those days they knew nothing of radiation poisoning. He had the classic symptoms.