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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

UFO Observed From USS Gilliam
Nov. 16, 1944
Near Leyte, Philippines

Jan Aldrich:
Nov. 16, 1944; Enroute Leyte, Philippine Island
2355 or 11:55 pm local. USS Gilliam, enroute Leyte, Philippine Island, from Oro Bay, New Guinea.  Ship's log reports that Lt. J.L. Besmond, OOD, on USS Gilliam, APA 57, in company Task Unit 79.15.1. Combat reports unidentified object, distance 21 miles. [no further information]. (USS Gilliam Ship's Log)

Fran Ridge:
Our original chrono listing has this entry: Nov. 1944; near Lingayen Gulf, Philippines. Night?. USS Gilliam ship's log reports that LTJG  Kendall Bruce, Fire Control Officer on the ship, while on watch observed a bright green globe-shaped object raising out of the headlands reach altitude and speed off. Too slow for missile. (Chester, pages 95-96, Letter to NICAP). Must be a different event on the same ship, same month.

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