17024UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 22
- Jun 1 5:37 AMPosted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 22
June 2, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
YELLOW-GREEN UFO CAUGHT
ON VIDEO IN AUXOIS, FRANCE
"Michel, 'a resident of Auxois, at Sombernon, is
nothing of a visionary. Nevertheless, he beheld a strange
occurrence in the sky. Michel is 50 and has nothing to do
with Agent Mulder (lead character on The X-Files--J.T.).
But for the past few days he has been asking questions.
What did he see and film in the skies of the Cote d'Or
Sunday morning," May 9, 2004?
"'I do not know what it is,' said the head of
household. 'Balls of a yellow-green color, which gathered
after a few minutes into a V formation. I had never seen
that before. It is nothing to be understood.'"
"Hallucination? Michel has pictures to support his
statements, and he is nothing like the classic smoker of
marijuana. He also does not look like a data-processing
or video-falsifying genius, either."
"'It was just after 11 p.m. last Sunday evening (May
9, 2004). I listened to a noise outside. I turned my
head towards the window and looked at the stars. There
was one that seemed odd. It was very brilliant. My son
brought the binoculars. We saw a yellow-green ball which
was not a star. In the camcorder, we enlarged the
picture,' he said, proud of the film."
"The 20-minute videotape shows 'a strange ballet in
the sky. A round and brilliant shape, which seems to turn
on itself (rotate on its own axis--J.T.), and which makes
very fast but jerky movements. Inside the sphere is a
shape which looks like a drawing of a tennis ball.'"
"'I cannot invent such a thing,' Michel said, 'Do you
really believe I'd take up such bullshit at my age!?'"
"Suddenly (onscreen), two other spheres arrive. The
other ones revolve around the first. In a flash, all of
the spheres come together in a V shape, with the largest
ball at the front of the formation. Quickly the generated
shape, visible from Michel's window, vanished as if by
"'And then, nothing is visible,' Michel said." (See
Agence France Presse for May 15, 2004, "Strange sighting
in the skies of Auxois." Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer
et Jean-Philippe Guillot pour cette article de journal.)
CYLINDER-SHAPED UFO SEEN
IN NELSON, LANCASHIRE, UK
On Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 3 p.m., Bill and Margo
Wells and their two grandchildren were having a picnic on
the shore of the Walverden Reservoir near Nelson,
Lancashire, UK when they spotted something unusual in the
sky approaching from the west.
"There were four people seeing this," Bill reported,
"Two adults and two children. We were having a picnic on
the bank of Walverden Reservoir when our eldest grandchild
said, 'Look at that stick in the sky!'"
"And this is just what it looked like--a black line
in the sky, like a stick. It was stationary, not moving
except to turn slightly or go slower. The 'stick' was a
diagonal line going from left to right. It was about one
inch (2.5 centimeters) long in the sky. We continued to
watch it for about 20 to 30 minutes, and then it turned to
the east, or went shorter and vanished."
The object's "height was deceptive because it was a
lot bigger than a plane would be at the same distance."
(Email Form Report)
DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED IN
On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Rufus Thomas was outdoors in
his hometown of Bangor, Pennsylvania (population 5,319)
when he looked up and "saw a strange object approaching
from the west. It was gray or white. At first I thought
it could've been a plane, but I think it was a UFO. It
looked like a saucer. It was cool. I don't know the
height (altitude) and speed, but it was traveling high and
fast. It took off to the east (into New Jersey--J.T.),
and I lost sight of it after several minutes."
Bangor, Pa. is on Route 512 about 20 miles (32
kilometers) northeast of Bethlehem and Allentown. (Email
CROP CIRCLES FOUND AT
On Sunday, May 23, 2004, a new crop circle formation
was discovered, the third in Poland this year. The
formation "is located on the outskirts of the village of
Zlotowo, which is 23 kilometers (14 miles) north of Zabno,
where the last (second) crop-circle formation appeared."
"The Zlotowo formation consists of three perfect
circles connecting with pathways. The formation is now
being investigated by Polish cerealogist Stanislaw Barski
and Adam Piekut."
Zlotowo is located 200 kilometers (120 miles)
northwest of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. (Many thanks
to Polish ufologist Robert K. Lesniakiewicz for this
PHANTOM PANTHERS ACTIVE
IN SHROPSHIRE AND NORFOLK
"A large, black, panther-like cat has again been seen
wandering around the Ketley area of Telford," Shropshire,
"Police have received reports of several sightings of
the large black cat over the last two weeks."
"And the latest sighting of the animal was Thursday," May 20, 2004,
"again in the Ketley area."
"Constable Dave Hancocks, of Telford police, said the
people who spotted the black cat said it appeared to be
the size of a dog."
"'But there is nothing to suggest that the animal is
dangerous in any way,' he said."
In Norfolk, "a lady was walking her two Labrador
(retriever) dogs in a lane near her home on Thursday, May
20, 2004, when she saw a black cat, which she thought was
a panther, laying in the entrance to a field about 30
yards (27 meters) away."
"The cat was looking lazily left and right. 'Small
head with pricked-up ears. It got up and walked behind
the hedge into a field,' she said, 'It was about the
length of an Alsatian dog, but with a longer body--about 3
feet (0.9 meters). It had a long tail about 2 feet (0.6
meters) long, which curled up and over.'"
"One of her dogs was alert. The other did not seem
to have noticed. She lives about 12 to 15 miles (23 to 25
kilometers) north of Norwich, about 2 miles (3 kilometers)
from the (motorway) A140, Norwich to Cromer road." (See
the Shropshire Star for May 22, 2004, "Big cat spotted
strolling on road." Many thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO
Roundup's phantom panther expert, for these reports.)
WEEPING STATUE OF MARY
STUNS PEOPLE IN BRISBANE
"The Catholic Church is to investigate claims of
religious icons bleeding and weeping rose oil in a small
Roman Catholic "Archbishop John Batherby said he had
appointed judicial vicar Dr. Adrian Farrelly as head of
the investigation team to determine the cause of the
apparent phenomenon in the Vietnamese Community Hall in
Inaca," a suburb of Brisbane, the capital of Australia's
"'I will convene a panel of experts, under the
direction of the Judicial Vicar, to investigate the
happenings at Inaca and, if possible, to establish their
origin,' the archbishop said in a statement."
"Archbishop Batherby said he could not predict how
long the investigation would take, but said a similar
inquiry in Western Australia last year (2003) had taken
"That inquiry found the phenomenon did not meet the
criteria for a miracle."
"Thousands of believers continue their pilgrimage to
the community church to see the apparent miracle for
In addition, the gift shop at the Vietnamese
Community Hall in Inaca sold out its entire inventory of
statues of the Virgin Mary (birth name: Miriam bat-
Joachim--J.T.) in less than two hours, as pilgrims from
all over the Brisbane area clamored for "relics from the
miracle site." (See the Australian newspaper The Sunday
Mail for May 23, 2004, "Faithful flock to buy weeping
Marys." Many thanks to Rose Daugherty for this newspaper
WHITE BUFFALO BORN IN
"The owner of a small bison herd near Flagstaff,
Arizona (population 52,894) were surprised Saturday
morning," May 22, 2004, "to find that one of their white
buffaloes had given birth to something even rarer: a white
"A white calf is a one-in-ten-million occurrence,
said Keith Davis, a spokesman for Spirit Mountain Ranch."
"'This is so rare specifically because she was born
white,' Davis said, 'The others were born red (like normal
buffalo--J.T.) and turned white.'"
"The birth of a white bison is meaningful for many
Native American tribes, especially Plains Indians like the
Lakota (sometimes called Sioux--J.T.), who consider it a
symbol of rebirth when the world's people are in troubled
"'The white buffalo is such a phenomenon because they
are so rare,' said Dena Riley, who owns the ranch with her
"None of her buffaloes is albino but rather a
mutation of the normal fur color of dark brown to black,
Riley said. Of the 11 bison on the ranch, four are white,
not including the newborn."
"The animals on the ranch are also pure bison, proven
by DNA testing at a California lab, she added, and not a
mix of bison and cattle known as beefalo. That mixture
often results in white offspring, she said."
"The ranch had moved onto its 5-acre site near the
San Francisco Peaks in December 2001, Riley said, and has
had visitors from around the globe come to see the white
bison." (See the Arizona Republic for May 24, 2004,
"White bison born near Flagstaff." Many thanks to Michael
Strainic for this newspaper article.)
CASSINI CROSSES INTO
"Some call it 'Ringworld,' the most gorgeous object
in the solar system."
"It's Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, and it's
about to receive the longest, closest inspection ever to
be made of this giant ball of gas, its glittering rings
and its many moons."
"On (Tuesday) May 18 (2004), after a voyage of six-
and-a-half years, a $3.2 billion robotic spaceship named
Cassini entered Saturn's zone of influence, past the point
where the pull of the planet's gravity outweighs the
"On (Friday) June 11 (2004), Cassini will swoop past
Phoebe, the most distant of Saturn's 31 known moons."
"And on (Thursday) July 1 (2004), the spaceship will
slip between two of the icy, outer rings and enter orbit
around the planet, which is 10 times farther from the sun
than Earth is."
"Laden with 18 scientific instruments, Cassini will
spend the next four years making 76 circuits (orbits) of
Saturn and 45 passes by its largest moon, Titan, dipping
as close as 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the moon's
(Editor's Note: With a diameter of 3,200 miles (5,150
kilometers), Titan is half the size of Earth and a little
bit smaller than Mars.)
"Titan is larger than the planet Mercury and our own
moon. It fascinates astronomers because it's the only
moon to have a dense atmosphere, mostly made up of
nitrogen, like Earth's. Some consider chemical reactions
on Titan to be a possible key to the origin of life on
"As it passes Titan on Christmas Day (December 25,
2004), Cassini will drop off a smaller European scientific
package that's supposed to spend three weeks drifting down
through the (Saturnian) moon's thick orange haze and
parachute to the surface on January 14, 2005."
"If all goes well this winter, the probe will radio
back its findings, possibly confirming recent evidence
that lakes or seas of liquid hydrocarbons--compounds of
hydrogen and carbonlike gooey gasoline--dot its frigid
surface. Some scientists think these hydrocarbons,
principally ethane and methane, could support an exotic
form of life on Titan."
"Astronomers think Titan might also have mountains,
canyons, rivers, wind-blown waves, snowfields and other
Earth-like features hidden under its blanket of haze. It
might have a deep, subsurface ocean composed of water and
ammonia, which could be a habitat for microorganisms."
"Although Titan's surface temperature is a bitter 300
degrees below zero, ammonia could keep the water from
"Besides Titan, scientists are also eager to learn
more about Saturn, the second-largest planet in the solar
system, outranked only by mighty Jupiter. Almost 100
times heavier than Earth and nine times fatter, Saturn is
the farthest planet visible to the naked eye."
"Composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, Saturn was
last visited by the two Voyager (robot) spaceships in 1980
and 1981. They didn't orbit the planet but simply zipped
by. Their cameras and scientific tools were much less
sophisticated than Cassini's."
"Of special interest are Saturn's fabled rings, first
observed by Galileo in 1610. The rings, labeled A through
G, are thin sheets of icy boulders, pebbles and dust,
stretching 171,000 miles (273,600 kilometers) from one rim
to the other, but only tens of yards (meters) thick."
(See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for May 30, 2004,
"Spaceship to probe Saturn's secrets," page 17A.)
PYRAMID UNEARTHED NEAR
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
"An intriguing archaeological discovery was found in
Rio Bonito," a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, the second-
largest city in Brazil. Workers digging in a municipal
park unearthed a stone pyramid.
"They found an enormous rock in the form of a
pyramid, about 15 meters (50 feet) high" at the excavation
site in the Parque Caixa D'Agua in Rio Bonito, according
to Brazilian ufologist Atilio Coelho. "Beside it was a
perfect sphere made of granite" from the Serra da Orgao
mountain range. "Archaeologists who examined the curious
monument could not identify it, but it appeared to predate
the founding of the city."
"It is definitely a pre-Columbian artifact, and it
was already there when Cabral's ship arrived in 1500,"
reported Brunilda Barros, UFO Roundup's correspondent in
Brazil. "This is truly a mystery because the Tupinamba
Indians who lived along the beaches of Rio in Columbus'
day were hunter-gatherers with no tradition of
stoneworking. Some theorize that the pyramid was made by
the Phoenicians who visited Brazil in 1,500 B.C. Yet
others claim that it is a relic of the lost continent of
Atlantis, like the ruins of Sete Cidades."
According to Coelho, "There do exist deep and
unexplored caverns in Rio Bonito. Strange accidents have
injured local explorers who set out to visit the caves.
Also, people have become lost in these caves, and their
bodies were never found."
The Rio Bonito caverns may be linked to las
socabones, a network of ancient underground tunnels that
runs throughout South America. Brunilda reported, "The
caverns may be part of the socabon that runs from
Queimados (in the state of Rio de Janeiro--J.T.) to the
northeast, behind Petropolis and beneath the Serra da
Orgao to Cordeiro and Cantagalo and on to Sao Jose do
Calcado (in the state of Espirito Santo--J.T.) Atilio
(Coelho) says there have been many sightings of 'strange
brilliant creatures' at the entrances to these caves,
which sometimes emerge for several moments at night."
(See Exobiologia e CIA for May 24, 2004. Muito obrigado a
Brunilda Barros e Atilio Coelho por eso informe.)
FAYETTE FACTOR SPAWNS
NEW TORNADO TERROR
"Thunderstorms continued battering" the USA's Midwest
all during Memorial Day weekend, "killing one person in a
southern Indiana town" Sunday, May 30, 2004, "after three
people in Missouri were killed by a tornado the night
"In Marengo, Indiana (population 829), about 35 miles
(58 kilometers) northwest of Louisville, Kentucky,
witnesses reported a tornado that toppled trees, making
"On Saturday night," May 29, 2004, "a tornado hit
northwest Missouri near the town of Weatherby (population
1,879), leveling a house and ripping a mobile home from
"Two women in the house and a man in the mobile home
were killed, but two children a patrolman found tucked
underneath the man survived, Daveiss County Sheriff Kevin
The round of tornadoes began on Thursday night, May
27, 2004, when a twister "touched down in northern Fayette
County, Kentucky" and "appeared to have left major
On Friday, May 28, 2004, "two tornadoes touched down
in Ohio--one was an F-1 in Fayette County," 42 miles (67
kilometers) southwest of Columbus, "where there was a
scattering of debris all across the county" from West
Lancaster to Good Hope.
The same day, "thunderstorms caused severe damage in
Iowa. Fayette County, Iowa," 65 miles (108 kilometers)
north of Cedar Rapids, "was also declared a disaster area
due to the severe storms."
"Okay, this makes it specifically in three Fayette
counties in three states to be hit by tornadoes in the
last 24 hours--Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio," Fortean
researcher Loren Coleman stated on Saturday, May 29, 2004.
(Editor's Comment: Three tornadoes in three Fayette
counties in three different states certainly seems to be
beyond the realm of coincidence.)
Elsewhere in the USA, Fayetteville, North Carolina
(population 121,015) continued to be plagued by unusual
"William Dennis disappeared from his home in Dunn,
N.C. nearly a month ago, authorities said."
"On Friday," May 28, 2004, "searchers returned to the
Cape Fear River in Fayetteville. A tip led deputies to
the spot near the Grove Street Bridge."
"Police said Mary Ann Webb, Michael Philon and
Tahishei Harrison are suspects in connection with the
case. They were being held at the Cumberland County Jail
on other charges."
"Cumberland County authorities are seeking the body
of...William Redford Dennis, 73, last seen in the company
of three people who are now charged with attempted murder,
kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon."
In another case, "police said Tuesday," May 25, 2004,
"that Thomas Allen Riccio, 23, was arrested in
Fayetteville, N.C. where he was performing with the
Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus."
"Authorities turned up 200 leads in the child
pornography case, which led them to several arrests,
"They said they found thousands of child pornography
photos downloaded from the Internet into Riccio's computer
on the circus train."
"'Approximately 2,000 images were found of young
females under the age of 16 that were involved in sexual
exploitation,' said Sgt. Alex Thompson of the Fayetteville
"Riccio, who is from Jacksonville, Fla. was charged
with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a
minor." (See the WPEX 1490-AM Radio news broadcasts of
May 29, 2004. Also the NBC17.com news updates for May 27
and May 29, 2004. Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these
BRIGHT BLUE UFO SPOTTED
IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA
On Sunday, May 30, 2004, at 12:40 a.m., John McCall
was outside at his home in Riverdale, Georgia, near
Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, when he saw
something extremely unusual in the sky.
"I saw a bright blue light descending from the west
to the east at 12:40 a.m.," John reported, "Duration was
approximately one second. There was no sound. I have
never seen anything to which I could compare this
"I have lived near Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta for
the last 33 years. I have never seen anything move this
fast, either on land or in the air. I would like to know
if there were any similar sightings here in Riverdale."
(Email Form Report)
ISRAELIS NABBED AGAIN
AT U.S. NUCLEAR SITE
"Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base" in St. Marys,
Georgia (population 13,761) "was locked down for security
reasons Friday," May 21, 2004, "after two Israelis were
detained for questioning."
"Base spokesman Ed Buczek said two Israeli men
attempted to enter the base about 10:30 a.m. They were
hired by a moving-and-storage company to pick up some
household goods in base housing, he said."
"One occupant of the vehicle was unable to provide
base security personnel with proper credentials after
arriving at the Franklin Gate entrance, Buczek said."
"Base personnel then inspected the van. Military
dogs trained to detect bombs were called in."
"'The military dogs were alerted to a scent in the
cab of the truck,' Buczek said. 'Guards closed access to
the base and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Naval
Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).'"
"St. Marys police closed access to an area one-half-
mile (0.8 kilometers) out surrounding the base, and a bomb
squad was called in. A briefcase was recovered from the
(Israeli) vehicle with a remote-control robot, but nothing
was found in it."
"'The dogs were called in again for a second pass of
the vehicle, and they didn't pick up anything,' he said."
"The two men, whose names were not released, were
detained and later taken into custody by federal
immigration officers in Savannah for possible
deportation,' Buczek said."
This is the second incident during May 2004 in which
Israeli citizens were arrested near American nuclear
sites. Earlier this month, two Israelis were arrested by
Sheriff Kent Harris in Unicoi County, Tennessee following
a high-speed car chase on U.S. Highway 23. One of the
men, Shmuel Dahan, turned out to be the son of a high-
ranking member of the Likud, the political coalition
headed by Isreali Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (For more
on this case, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 20 for May
19, 2004, "Israeli agents caught in southern Tennessee,"
The selection of the USA's state of Georgia as the
target of a Mossad attack makes sense "if you know your
American history," said UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor.
"In 1862, during the American Civil War, the
Confederate town council of Lawrenceville, Ga. voted to
expel the local Jews from the community," Trainor said,
"Forty years later, in 1913, vigilantes lynched a New York
City Jew named Leo Frank in Milledgeville after Frank was
acquitted in a rape case."
"Old man Sharon hates the goyim, and he's obsessed
with anti-Semitism," Trainor added, "Blowing up a nuclear
site in Georgia might be Sharon's way of avenging the
anti-Semitic events in the state's past. It would be a
typical act of Zionist vengeance."
"At least Lawrenceville explains why the Zionists
hate the Confederate flag." (See the Jacksonville, Fla.
Times-Union for May 22, 2004, "Security scare shuts Kings
Bay." Many thanks to Jim Danvers for this newspaper
From the UFO Files...
1944: D-DAY SHOCKER!
"One of Britain's grimmest wartime secrets, the
harrowing tale of how scores of young (American) soldiers
were massacred by their own side on a Devon beach can now
be told. Corroborating eyewitness accounts have revealed
how American troops were killed by their own side in a
terrifying 'friendly fire' disaster during training
exercises for D-Day 60 years ago. Many of the witnesses
have carried stories to the grave, but their families
insist that the truth must now be acknowledged."
"Their accounts tell of how the sea ran red with
blood as bodies bobbed in the surf and corpses were piled
on the sand. As the scale of the tragedy sank in, the
dead were hidden in a remote mass grave."
"The authorities have never acknowledged what
happened at Slapton Sands," Devon, UK "on 27 April 1944.
Now, a compelling dossier of evidence compiled by The
Observer hints at a lengthy coverup."
"Officially, all of the deaths in the D-Day training
exercises have been attributed to a surprise attack on an
Allied convoy, code-named T-4, by German E-boats the
following day (April 28, 1944), when more than 700 men
died off the Dorset coast."
(Editor's Note: This was the ill-fated Exercise Tiger, a
dress rehearsal for the invasion, which was disrupted by
the German E-boats. The Allied dead washed ashore in
Dorset and were secretly buried in mass graves. Exercise
Tiger remained a military secret until it was declassified
"Now, as commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary
of the Normandy landings are finalised, the official
version of the events can be challenged by testimony about
the earlier tragedy at Slapton Sands. Statements
collected by The Observer over several years reveal a
truth almost too awful to contemplate, perhaps explaining
why the Pentagon suppressed the details."
"The accounts of those present that day indicate
that, as thousands of G.I.s swarmed ashore from landing
craft, they were cut down by bullets fired by comrades
playing the role of German defenders, who had for some
reason been given live ammunition."
"Letters reveal how Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Wolf,
from Baltimore, Md., heard several shots 'zinging' past
his ears as he observed the exercise from a vantage point
nearby, and saw 'infantrymen on the beach fall down and
remain motionless.' Under a hail of fire, Wolf quickly
"Bullets also whizzed past Hank Aaron from West
Virginia, driver to a general during the exercise. Aaron
scrambled from the line of fire, then looked up and saw
five men dead."
"Royal Engineer Jim Cory watched dumbfounded from an
observation post as soldiers streaming from landing craft
'were mown down like ninepins.'"
"'We later found out it was a mistake. They should
have had dummy ammunition, but they just carried on
shooting,' said Cory, who counted 150 bodies before he
"What he saw that day tormented him until his death
last year (2003). His widow, Mary, who recounted his
story last week, said: 'He always hoped that one day he
would get an official answer.'"
"His desire for confirmation of what happened was
shared by London fireman Maurice Lund, who left a macabre
typed confession on a cassette with his will, describing
heaps of dead G.I.s left in the surf."
"Yet there is not a single official mention in Army
records of any bodies being found on Slapton Sands. Nor
has the Pentagon ever mentioned any friendly-fire disaster
in Devon that spring."
"What happened to the bodies provides another twist
to the secret of Slapton Sands. Witness statements
suggest that they were interred, at least temporarily, in
a mass grave nearby. Detailed records kept by the
stationmaster at Kingsbridge, 5 miles (8 kilometers) away,
reveal that three trains were secretly loaded with the
bodies of G.I.s under military guard between July and
August 1944. The trains, each able to carry at least 100
corpses, 'were crammed with men dug from mass graves,'
said local rail historian Ken Williams."
"'The bodies were extricated after D-Day. A friend
knew a man involved in the removal, but he died before I
could contact him,' said Williams."
"The historian's father, George Williams, who served
in the Royal Navy during the war, soon realised that they
also saw the bodies of dozens of men killed by friendly
fire washing ashore on the sands. 'He told me how the sea
turned red,' Ken Williams said."
"There was no shortage of potential burial sites in
the remote fields behind the beach. Suspicion that U.S.
troops dumped bodies in hastily-built graves around nearby
Blackawton was first aroused 20 years ago, when Dorothy
Seekings, a baker's daughter who supplied bread to the
troops during the exercises, said she had seen lorryloads
(truckloads in the USA--J.T.) of G.I.s' bodies being
buried near the village."
"Seekings was ridiculed at the time, yet her
description and location now seem to match closely that of
farmer Francis Burden, who sold the Americans fresh milk.
One morning in April 1944, Burden stopped short as he
crossed a narrow lane leading out of Blackawton."
"A huge pit, two acres in size, had been dug by U.S.
troops, enough to take scores of coffins. Boxes big
enough to hold a man were stacked nearby. Today, a
discernible mound marks the location."
"After the war, the field belonged to farmer Nolan
Tope. Just before he died, Tope was asked if U.S. troops
had ever been buried on his land. He replied that
(Dorothy) Seekings 'knew only a small part of it' but
vowed to take his secret to the grave."
"His son, Nigel, discounts the mass grave theory,
adding: 'In all my time farming here, I've never found
anything suspicious, no bones, nothing.'"
"But another resident, who requested anonymity, is
adamant that there was a large hidden grave."
"Local author Ken Small, whose book The Forgotten
Dead, broke the story of the E-boat attack (on Exercise
Tiger--J.T.), dismissed the rumours until just before he
died last March (2003). He told the historian Williams
that Seekings had been right. 'I was stunned,' said
"Even so, many people still refuse to accept that
hundreds of U.S. soldiers may have been interred in the
sleepy Devon countryside 60 years ago. Such scepticism
fails to explain the account of former local girl Joyce
Newby, who helped to make hundreds of coffin lids at a
nearby timber yard in spring 1944. She said they were for
the victims of friendly fire at Slapton. Or that of
former U.S. serviceman Harold McAulley, who talked of
dragging dead soldiers off the sands and later helping to
bury corpses--the faces black with oil and burning--in a
mass inland grave."
"Yet the fresh evidence of the witnesses and finds of
skulls and bones at Slapton and on nearby beaches over
decades have not changed America's insistence that there
was no friendly-fire disaster. The Pentagon refuses to
countenance that a real tragedy may have occurred during
"A spokesman of the U.S. Army Center for Military
History said: 'We don't know of any official record other
than the German (attack on the) T-4 convoy.'"
"Relatives draw hope from the fact that it took 40
years for the truth behind the E-boat attack to be
revealed. Three weeks ago, a remembrance service was held
at Slapton Sands for the 749 U.S. soldiers recognized as
casualties of the (Exercise Tiger) catastrophe."
"How many died in an earlier, similarly bloody
incident may never be known." (See The Observer for May
16, 2004, "Did Allies kill G.I.s in D-Day training
(Editor's Comment: Here we have some more of the still-
secret history of World War II. Obviously, the Slapton
Sands fiasco is still classified. I'd like to see all of
that era's files opened, but there are a couple of
incidents that have always intrigued me. My father, who
spent 22 months in Morocco as a guest of Franklin and
Eleanor, told me about a strange operation he was involved
in during 1944, in which U.S. Navy sailors were used as
constabulary to back up the Free French in an assault on
the Muslims of Port Lyautey. Strangely, there is no
mention of the assault on the Port Lyautey medina in
Samuel Eliot Morrison's multi-volume history of the Navy
in World War II. In addition, I've heard rumors about a
mass mutiny at Camp Perry, Virginia in 1943 (then an Army
post, now the CIA training school--J.T.). Enquiring
readers would like to know just how many black American
soldiers were machinegunned by that "great friend of the
Negro"--Franklin D. Roosevelt.)
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