Letter to CSI on Fort Monmouth Case
March 5, 1952


                    Civilian Saucer Investigation 
                    Box 1971, Main Post Office 
                    Los Angles, Calif. 

                    Dear Sirs: 

                    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 
                    target. 

                    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)  Sincerely 
                                                            (handwritten)  Billy C. Mingus 
                                                            (handwritten)  Box 849, Emory 
 
 


                                             March 22, 1952 
 

                    Billy c. Mingus 
                    Box 849 
                    Emory University 
                    Georgia 

                    Dear Mr. Mingus: 

                    Thank you for your letter of March 5 
                    giving an account of sighting an 
                    aerial phenomenon. 

                    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 
                   details. 

                                          Very truly yours, 
 

                                          Homer M. Davies, Jr. 
                                          Secretary