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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

S. S. Docteur Close Encounter
Aug. 11 (not 12th), 1954
Nr. the Yoron-Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean

Fran Ridge:
Aug. 11, 1954; Nr. the Yoron-Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean (BBU 3162)
8:55 p.m. local. This is a ship report sent to Project Blue Book under Navy UFO regulations and is listed as an unknown. P. L. Percharde, electrical engineer and assistant manager of Moeller Shipwrecker Co., of Okinawa, saw a line of blue lights underneath a blue circle with a black center fly over ship and climb, illuminating and agitating the clouds. 

Antonio Rullan:
5.2 SS Docteur Angier - August 12 (correction, 11) 1954
At 20:55 local time near the Yoron-Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean, two civilian witnesses saw a 100-ft diameter disk approach their ship from the NE. The two witnesses (Mr. Percharde and his assistant Kosei Nakamoto) were on the deck of SS Docteur Angier when they were first attracted to a thin line of blue light in the sky about 300 ft over sea level. As the light approached the ship, it became an ellipse and as it came directly over the ship it became a circle. The center of the disk was jet black and was surrounded by an annular ring. The width of the annular ring was blue in color and its inner edge was pink. Its 100 foot diameter was estimated when the object flew over the ship. After the object reached the ship, it rose vertically and disappeared into clouds at 2,000 feet elevation. Both witnesses were interviewed by USAF Intelligence. The USAF intelligence officer who prepared the Air Intelligence Information Report drew a sketch of the sighting based on the interrogations of the two witnesses. Figure 21 shows the diagram made by the US Intelligence Officer to describe this UFO sighting. (Source: Blue Book UFO Reports at Sea by Ships, A.F. Rullan, page 36).

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