Guam residents recall past encounters with the unknown

Once dismissed as crackpottery, the UFO talk is going mainstream and the military is slowly lifting the veil of secrecy

The existence of life outside of our planet has been a source of wonder since humans first looked up at the heavens. Without the benefit of screens in their pockets, the skies are the primetime show our ancestors watched. They imagined all sorts of creatures, gods up there that are today's stars, planets forming up constellations.

Many stories from different traditions pertain to glowing, fiery objects in the sky. In ancient artwork, you can see it from prehistoric paintings to unexplained things in the skies of icons in renaissance masterpieces. We graduated from imagining creating a beloved genre, science fiction, to give us more “alien” fixes.

In the summer of 1945, a radar officer aboard the USS Lincoln, then at sea in between Guam and Saipan, reported a large group of blips traveling at over 1,000 mph. They tried to communicate with the squadron but did not get through. The objects passed approximately 2,000 feet directly overhead, but they were invisible.

“The Book of Ghosts, UFOs and the Unexplained” by James Paton cited an article originally published by the St. Petersburg Times, now known as Tampa Bay Times.

“On the morning of Dec. 19, 1952, the crew of a B-17 bomber in flight and ground witnesses saw a silver cylindrical object over Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo.