On August 20, 2004 at 11:45 a.m. GUFOG received a call on the UFO Hotline. The caller identified himself as a retired 72 YOA Duluth Georgia businessman. He stated that he and his date had witnessed an unusual event in 1949, but he had not reported the incident to anyone due to being temporarily AWOL from the Air Force in order to go on the outing.
Witness stated that it was either the spring or fall of 1949 and he was in the U.S. Air Force, attending a military training school, and was overdue because of his date. He and his friend were in Marion, AL, Perry County, west central Alabama, near her farmhouse home. The weather was nice and mild, and they were standing under a tree in the front yard.
She suddenly observed something in the sky behind him and pointed it out. He looked and they both observed several round, aerial, black orbs in the far distance. They were in what he described as a diamond formation, appearing back-lit, seeming to make them black, and about the size of an aspirin held at arms length. He recalled there being 4 round, black orbs, perhaps 15 degrees above the horizon. As they watched, said orbs dove down toward the horizon and vanished. Event duration was much less than a minute, perhaps just moments, and occurred at what he recalled was about 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Witness did not notice any unusual physiological or psychological effects, nor any influence on his watch or other devices.
This witness is obviously intelligent, educated and well spoken, and seemed very forthright and serious during the telephone interview. His recounting of the event remained consistent as focus was applied to several areas of his experience.
While a field investigation into such a brief event so remote in time is not feasible, this report is being documented for historical purposes. Efforts will be made to locate similar accounts in that general area and time frame. That part of Alabama is rural today, and was more so in 1949, being just SW of the massive Talladega National Forest.