The Daily Plainsman
Huron, South Dakota
November 27, 1956Page 1
Saucers "Jam" Pierre Skies
PIERRE (UP) - The skies
around Pierre reportedly were jam-
med with unidentified objects early
The State Police radio reported
at least a half dozen sightings of
the mysteriously lighted and flying
objects in the Pierre region.
State Motor Patrolman William
Pulver of Murdo reported seeing
one which flitted around in the
sky between Murdo and Kadoka
for some time after midnight before
disappearing to the southwest.
He said the object constantly
changed directions. He said it had
a string of lights as a tail.
Pulver watched the object from
tIhe sheriff's office at Murdo. He
reportedly sighted another one later
while travelling toward Vivian.
Game Warden Charles Ilburn of
Presho also reported seeing a
couple of strange objects in the
sky about 15 miles south of Fort
Pierie on U. S. 83.
And Sheriff Warren Grandle of
Pierre and State Police Radio re-
lief dispatcher Alton Lower also
reported seeing a number of
strange objects about 24 miles
south of Pierre along State High-
way 34. Lower said, however, none
of them appeared very vividly.
They were in the same area
where a motor patrolman and a
police radio dispatcher reported
sighting one close to the ground
The State Police Radio said the
sky was cloudless at the time of
the sightings last night.
PIERRE — Don Kelm and Jack
Peters, South Dakota state motor
patrolmen, got a good look at
and a picture of an "unidentified
flying object (Airforce parlance)
Sunday----and it scared them.
They drove over a hill on Highway
34 about 30 miles east of
Pierre and there was the "flying
saucer" alongside the road.
"It was almost in the ditch,"
The object was bowl-shaped--
like and eggshell cut in half--
and it gave off a red light which
illuminated the highway.
"I don't know what it was but it
definitely was there," Peters said.
He estimated it was about the
size of a semi-trailer. His partner,
Kelm, said it was about automobile-
sized. That seems to be close enough.
When first sighted it was about a block
Evidently the "spacemen" were more
scared that Peters and Kelm because they
took off over the road in their "vehicle"
with the two patrolmen hot on their trail.
During the six of seven mile chase,
the object always kept about a mile or
so ahead of the pursuers. At first the
patrolmen (by their own admission) were
"so scared" they didn't think of taking
During the chase, the "saucer"
seemed to stay about 1000 feet
off the ground. It didn't make any
noise. There didn't seem to be
any exhaust and it never
Finally, after about seven
miles of this, the two patrolmen
decided to turn around to see if
the "saucer" would follow them.
"It seemed to," they said.
But it didn't follow long and
This Sunday's appearance was
followed last night by other sight-
ings of similar aerial objects at
Murdo, Redfield and Martin; on
Highway 83 about 15 miles south-
west of Ft. Pierre; and on High-
way 16, southwest of Ft. Pierre.
Some of these sightings were
investigated by the motor patrol.