Exeter U.S. Army Veteran Recalls Sighting of UFO in 1953
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Article by Alex LaCasse August 28, 2019 (seacoastonline.com)
• The town of Exeter, New Hampshire recently held its annual UFO Festival. Ten-year resident of Exeter, the 92-year old Irving “Bill” Glater, had a story to tell to help mark the occasion.
• On May 16, 1953, Glater was a lieutenant in the 2nd Armored Division of the U.S. Army, stationed outside Mainz, West Germany. On this day he was off-duty and enjoying the spring day with his wife and two neighbors. His wife called him outside where they were staring in awe at a large, black flying saucer, hovering about 2000 feet above a soccer field about a mile away.
• As Glater recalled, “The flying saucer had the classic shape that I had read about – a round disc, thick in the middle, tapering to a thinner edge. There were no lights or smoke to be seen, nor was any noise heard.” The UFO jumped around the clear sky roughly a dozen times. It would hover in one place, then temporarily disappear before reappearing in a different position in the sky. “We couldn’t track its movements,” Glater said. “If I had known it would’ve stayed there for five minutes, I would’ve (gone back inside the house and) gotten my camera,” Glater said. Just as quickly as the UFO darted around the sky, it disappeared from view for good.
• A week later, Glater called the US Air Force base in Wiesbaden to inquire about the UFO. A duty officer told him they had not received any reports of UFO activity. Through the years when Glater and his wife recounted their UFO story to friends, they never knew if they were believed or not. But Glater maintains, “We saw what we saw.”
Ninety two-year-old Irving “Bill” Glater remembers the out-of-this world experience he witnessed May 16, 1953, like it was yesterday.
Glater was stationed outside Mainz, West Germany, as a lieutenant in the 2nd Armored Division of the U.S. Army and was enjoying some rest and relaxation with his wife of three months, Phyllis, and their two neighbors. While Glater was doing some chores inside he heard his wife call for him and he found the three of them staring at the sky where a jet-black flying saucer hovered approximately 2,000 feet above a Mainz soccer match, roughly a mile from Glater’s home.
“The flying saucer had the classic shape that I had read about – a round disc, thick in the middle, tapering to a thinner edge,” Glater said. “There were no lights or smoke to be seen, nor was any noise heard. If you held out a hockey puck with an extended arm; that’s how big it looked from the distance we were watching it from.”
With Exeter’s annual UFO Festival happening this weekend, Glater said he wanted to share his own UFO story as a showing of solidarity with those seeking more answers to what and who may be out there beyond the Milky Way.
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