Letter to CSI on Fort Monmouth Case
March 5, 1952
Civilian Saucer Investigation
Box 1971, Main Post Office
Los Angles, Calif.
I am writing because of an article in Time Magazine
which gave your address.
While in training at the Army Radar Repair School
at Fort Monmouth, N. J., during August of 1951, I
saw an object in the sky. There were several hun-
dred other enlisted men, officers and civilians who
saw the same object.
The time at which the object was noticed was between
one and three o'clock p.m. E.D.S.T. on a hot day.
It was observed over a period of at least two hours.
The sky was absolutely cloudless. This object was
at about an angle of 30 degrees with the normal to
the earth and remained stationary as near as could be
determined. It remained the same approximate size,
shape and position during the time we watched it.
I don't know the time at which it disappeared from
sight. Several men tried to get it located with SCR-
584's, an Army Radar; however, I didn't hear of anyone
who had any success. The sets were not in top con-
dition because they were used for training purposes.
Twenty thousand yards is about all any could get. There
may have been other reasons why no one got on the
The general feeling was that it was a weather balloon.
That doesn't seem likely to me because it kept the same
size, etc.; however, a young man named Elmer D. Hill
didn't think much of the flying saucer interpretation.
Before being drafted, he worked at or near White Sands,
N.M., designing electronic guidance equipment for gui-
ded missiles. I almost forgot, the object was round or
slightly oval and was white but no brilliant. It was
not the moon for it was too small.
If it would be possible, I would like to have an opinion
as to what you think it was. My address is Box 849,
Emory University, Ga.
(handwritten) Billy C. Mingus
(handwritten) Box 849, Emory
March 22, 1952
Billy c. Mingus
Dear Mr. Mingus:
Thank you for your letter of March 5
giving an account of sighting an
It is impossible at this early stage
of the investigations to comment on
any individual sightings, but reports
will be issued at intervals whenever
the volume of information warrants.
Your reports of further sightings
are welcome and will be acknowledged.
Place, hour and date of sighting are
essential, along with pertinent
Very truly yours,
Homer M. Davies, Jr.