in 1958 in the Carribean near Cuba, from Carl Feindt's catalog. See
details and sketch below.
U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt – Chester Grusinski
A MOMENT IN (RECENT)
UFOs shadowed US
year 1958, we were on a shakedown cruise when there was a small light
that was following our ship. Then the light came right at us; it came
in close enough to us so you could see the shape of the object and also
see that there were figures inside of it. The impression that I got was that those figures were not human beings.” -- ·Chester Grusinski of Clinton Twp.,
D. Roosevelt, first Navy
carrier to carry nuclear
Since my series on UFOs, a number of reports have
been mailed to this writer. As I suspected, many of you have seen UFOs
and some are only now mounting the courage to describe what you saw.
One such person is Chester Grusinski of Clinton
Twp., Michigan, who served in the US Navy and, in recent years, has
come forward to witness about UFOs. Grusinski has been featured in
several Michigan newspapers and also appeared in (sic-on) the TV program, Sightings.
Many have doubted his story, but his determination shines through. He
wants the US government to admit that there has been an intentional
coverup of UFO reports and that the public deserves an explanation.
The year was 1958.
Grusinski was only 18, a crew member on the USS Aircraft Carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt, cruising the Carribean (sic) near Cuba.
Notes Grusinski, "I was down below when I was told
to go topside to see something strange," says Chester, now 56. "So I
went up and couldn’t believe my eyes."
“I saw a bright white ball of light. [Note: Chester had hand written “cigar shape”
in the margin.-CF-] It headed straight for us, getting bigger
and brighter. It was spherical, approximately 75 to 100 feet long. It
turned red orange and
I could feel the heat on my face."
As this was going on, the man on watch was yelling
into the intercom for an officer to get up on deck.
Sketch by William Scott
inserted here for illustration.
This was received by me
(-CF-) from Chester Grusinski
Grusinski continues, “I could see silhouettes of
figures looking at us. They had no features and you could tell they
weren’t human. Then the bottom turned cherry red and it vanished in a
Soon after the incident crew members who talked
about it were transferred. Then the CIA came on board to investigate a
so-called "gambling problem."
was a massive coverup," notes Grusinski. "There was no
Over the years he remembered the strange sighting.
Then about 1977-78 he read in a newspaper clipping that a citizens’
group in New York had hired a law firm to go after the CIA and the US
government to release top-secret UFO information. He sent them a letter
about his sighting. The group attempted to get him some information
with little success.
Then, Grusinski pointed out, other researchers
uncovered a UFO sighting in which three photographs were taken of a
flying disk, also from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This was during Operation Main Brace in which the UFO overtook the NATO
Grusinski was visiting libraries and doing research.
He decided to try and locate fellow crew members who had also witnessed
the 1958 event. He ran ads in Naval Affairs and other
military magazines. Then in 1988 he learned from DAV
Magazine about a USS FDR reunion.
reunion revealed that 8 to 10 separate UFO sightings were connected
with this ship. He located several witnesses.
One incident took place off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
26, 1956. Grusinski says, "Two disk objects were suspended in
mid-air. They were over one another; they had two rows of
counter-rotating lights. The upper disk released a fireball object that
dropped into the top of the lower.
Within seconds they both
vanished with tremendous speed. These were seen by Leon Treadwell,
Petty Officer Third Class. All
involved witnesses were told to keep a tight lip. Treadwell had to sign
papers that he would tell no one for 20 years. Another one for
the same time period, the 25th
or 27th of July, 1956, a cigar-shaped object was seen and
tracked on radar. And the CIC radars said it went off the scope in two
or three sweeps. That was witnessed by John C. Hau, Chief Warrant
Why were so many sightings attached to the FDR? Grusinski has his own reasons for this. He said the FDR was the first US carrier to carry nuclear weapons
and, at the time, the only one th (sic –
to) carry the hydrogen bomb. UFO sightings are common around
military installations where nuclear devices are stored. This is
especially true of NATO installations.
these incidents have been removed from the ship's logs.
The FDR was decommissioned in 1977.
He says, "Myself and other UFO researchers have searched the logs; we
also used the Freedom of Information Act, going as far back as
1980..... I had also got a copy of the ship's deck logs from the year
lot of information was blackened out."
After his story appeared in UFO Magazine,
he was contacted by Sightings. They also interviewed a
gunnery officer who was a witness to the 1952
UFO sightings on the FDR. Grusinski located
this man through the FDR reunion. Overall, Grusinski
felt the TV presentation was very good.
He is still looking for other witnesses who were on
board the USS FDR. They may contact him at 19780
Vermander Street, Clinton, Michigan.
This reference: The Broad Top Bulletin, Saxton, PA. 16678, dated Wednesday,
December 01, 1999.
FACTS FROM OTHER TEXTS:
Chester Grusinski – Selected text by me-CF-
or October we were on a shakedown cruise near
Gitmo [ed. note: Guantanamo Bay and Naval Base], Cuba. It was
dark outside, and I was down below decks at the time. There was a bunch
of men who came running up from the engine room, and a couple of
minutes later another bunch came running up and I followed them.
How many different
sightings have you been able to link with the F.D.R.?
About six UFO sightings
on the same ship. [On the copy, six is
lined through and 8-10 inserted. -CF-]
This reference: Michigan
MUFON Newsletter, date unknown, p. 11.
As the light came
closer, Grusinski said,
it appeared to be a "cigar-shaped" figure about 75 to 100 feet
long. He said the UFO floated midair for several minutes and he could
feel the heat on his face.
He was featured on Sightings,
a television program out of Sterling Heights, in 1995
with other UFO witnesses and has written a screenplay about his
This reference: The Macomb Daily, dated Wednesday, January 29, 1997.
sent to Chester Grusinski:
An undated letter from John S. Lawrence to Mr.
Grusinski provides some information about at least one "Gitmo"
sighting. "I first went aboard the FDR in the fall of
1950 and served on her until my discharge in May of 1953. I was an
electronics technician and was responsible for the maintenance and
repair of the Mark 25 Gun Fire Control radar, of which there were two,
one above the bridge and one on a tower aft of the island structure...I
do not remember the month or year, but the ship went on a
shakedown cruise to Gitmo immediately after leaving the shipyard at
Portsmouth. The ship was anchored in GITMO BAY after a day of training
maneuvers. As I mentioned, our berthing compartment opened up to the
catwalk around the flight deck, and one night I was in my bunk reading
when my compartment buddies, who were outside, called for me to come
out quick. They pointed an object out to me that was in the sky. It
looked like a very bright star that moved in an erratic pattern,
accelerating VERY rapidly, would stop for a short period of time, and
again accelerate VERY rapidly and again stop. We followed the object
across the sky, with this same start-stop action and not in a straight
line, until we lost it in the light of the moon, which was just
starting to come up...To this day I am not sure what we saw...I think
we mentioned it to our electronics officer but, to my knowledge, no
official report was ever filed."
was decommissioned in 1977 and later scrapped. The ship’s logs have
been searched and no UFO reports were found. FOIA requests to various
agencies have all resulted in negative responses.
PRN – NONE
UFOCAT URN – NONE News clipping, The Broad Top
Bulletin, Saxton, PA., dated
UFOCAT URN – NONE The Macomb Daily, dated Wednesday,
January 29, 1997
UFOCAT URN – NONE The New York Post, dated Sunday,
November 17, 1996
America – Cuba, Holguín
Nicaro - Latitude
20-42-17 N, Longitude 75-33-02 W (D-M-S)
FROM FDR HISTORY:
D. Roosevelt supported the transport
USS Kleinsmith (APD 134) in the evacuation of 56 U.S.
citizens and three foreign nationals from Nicara (sic-Nicaro), Cuba,
24 October 1958, as the Cuban revolution came to a climax.