Several days ago, I wrote a blog post titled “Paranormal Oil Fields Article For Steph Young”. I was trying to provide some little-known information about paranormal phenomena in North Dakota, to discuss this phenomena, what it could be related to or linked with, and compare it to occurrences elsewhere.
Something that is not well known, not talked about, and almost completely forgotten, are the numerous close-encounter UFO sightings in New England, North Dakota in the 1970s. What is also not well known, is that 25 miles north of New England, in Dickinson, North Dakota, was a large Air Force station on top of a butte called Radar Base Hill, that served as an operations center for not only radar tracking, but for ICBMs.
The people in Dickinson were told that Radar Base Hill was a weather radar station. Not only was Radar Base Hill not a weather radar station, or just a radar tracking station as was later disclosed long after the station was de-commissioned, it was a regional operations center. The amount of facilities on top of Radar Base Hill, was much more than would be needed by a radar tracking station. There were barracks, shops, gymnasium, officers club, administrative buildings, and…facilities underground.
After Radar Base Hill was de-commissioned, the property and facilities, the entire site, were sold at public auction. The buyer was a local man named Gene Fisher, who owned quarries and heavy equipment, who I believe worked on the construction of many ICBM launch facilities and Radar Base Hill. One indication of this was, that once Gene Fisher bought Radar Base Hill at public auction, he then proceeded to remove incredibly large generators and other equipment from “deep underground”. He then sold this equipment, and just this equipment alone he sold for more than what he paid for the entire site at the public auction in the first place. Then, he sold the land and facilities for the same price as what he paid for the entire site at public auction. He more than doubled his money because he knew what was underground, because he installed it there.
In addition to it not being known that Radar Base Hill in Dickinson was a regional operations center for the ICBM launch facilities, it was not known that there were ICBMs in this area around Dickinson. I have met several local people that gave me a few of the locations of ICBM launch facilities in this area.
In the 1970s, not only were there numerous close-encounter sightings of UFOs in New England, North Dakota, the Air Force then came to New England and told all of the people to shut up about it, and set up a station in New England. I have talked to two local people who remember there being an Air Force Station in New England, but I have not been able to find any public record of this, which is strange.
I was speculating in my blog post “Paranormal Oil Fields Article For Steph Young”, that the UFO encounters in New England might have been due to the ICBM launch facilities and regional operations center in this area. It is almost common knowledge now, that in other countries and other states, UFOs have arrived at nuclear armed ICBM launch facilities, and caused launch sequences to initiate and operator control to be overridden. But this never happened in North Dakota….wrong!
I was wrong, this has happened in North Dakota, I read about this yesterday. From the Bismarck Tribune newspaper, there was an article written by Eloise Ogden published on June 17, 2017 titled “Former Minot crew commander tells of UFO cover-up in book”:
“Capt. David D. Schindele was a Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile launch crew commander in the Minot Air Force Base missile field when he experienced a situation in which a flying object took down all 10 of the nuclear-tipped missiles he was responsible for, causing them to be unlaunchable. That was 50 years ago.
Air Force officials instructed Schindele never to speak about the incident and as far as he was concerned, it never happened. Schindele was at a launch control facility near Mohall when the incident occurred.
On Dec. 6, 1966, the front-page headline of the Minot Daily News on Dec. 6, 1966, read: “Minot Launch Control Center ‘Saucer’ Cited As One Indication of Outer Space Visitors.” The story told about UFO incidents in the Minot area.
“It Never Happened, Volume 1,” is the title of Schindele’s new book about the Air Force’s cover-up of the UFO (unidentified flying objects).
Schindele was stationed at Minot AFB from July 1965 to May 1968.
“During that time in Minot, many of us experienced unworldly incidents at Minuteman facilities but we were all individually instructed to keep silent. We never realized at the time that others among us were also experiencing incidents, but now the truth is becoming known,” Schindele told the Minot Daily News.
Schindele said a number of years ago he learned about a similar incident experienced by another missileer and that led him to writing his book.
“About 35 years after my Minot incident and learning about an identical incident experienced by another missileer (Capt. Robert Salas) connected to Malmstrom AFB in Montana, which was during the same general timeframe as my incident, I then contemplated coming forth with the ‘truth,’ ” Schindele said.”
I kept trying to find any written accounts of the UFO sightings that occurred in New England, North Dakota in order to try to gather more evidence that this was related to the ICBM launch facilities and operations center in this area, but instead I found an old UFO sighting report from 1956 in Dickinson, North Dakota.
From “The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse, UFOS: A History, 1956: November-December”, by Loren E. Gross:
“17 November. Dickinson, North Dakota. (2:30 a.m.)
Two members of the local police department of Dickinson Investigated a
red light near some railroad tracks. Lawmen Jack Messmer and his partner
spotted the light at 2:30 a.m. When the men approached, the light vaulted
skyward out of reach. For the next two hours the light remained in view
in the night sky and put on a show. The light bobbed up and down, as well
as back and forth, changing color as it did so. The colors shifted from
green, to white, to red, and back to green. At 4:30 a.m. the lawmen lost
sight of the phenomenon.”
I kept looking through this document “The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse, UFOs: A History, 1956: November-December” by Loren E. Gross, which is now a 91 page PDF document that has been uploaded to the internet. Several UFO researchers from the 1950s gave Loren Gross their UFO research collections in order for him to compile the great deal of UFO sighting reports that occurred in 1956. Even the author himself comments on the frequent and numerous UFO sightings that occurred in North Dakota and South Dakota. Looking at the index at the end of the document, I saw that there was one report from New England, though due to a typographical error, the report was cut off:
“16 November. New England, North Dakota.
If the Lemmon (South Dakota) phenomenon was just ball lightning, a very rare natural manifestation, it seems strange so many UFO sightings were made during this period. From the town of New England came this account “William Hanson and his son, of Dovrc township, saw a brilliantly colored object with sparks trailing behind it at 6:00 p.m. Young Hanson, a former paratrooper, said he first mistook the UFO as a jet plane. They both described it as looking ‘something like a large chunk of
red and white hot iron.’ The thing disappeared In the south-west without falling, they said. The pair were certain the UFO was not a meteor, as it first went toward the earth, and then came up again.”
I encourage readers to go look up “The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse, UFOs: A History, 1956: November-December” by Loren E. Gross, which is now a 91 page PDF document that has been uploaded to the internet, because the number of UFO sightings in North Dakota and South Dakota is astonishing.
2 thoughts on “I Was Wrong About ICBMs And UFOs In North Dakota”
I went to school in the early 2010s at Trinity with a kid whos family were friends with the people who owned radar base hill, he would always brag about never letting people up there and busting those who did. I really enjoy history, military things, and abondoned places so that always kind of irritated me knowing i couldnt check it out sometime. It was officially decommissioned in 1965 so if it was an ICBM control hub that would be strange timing considering there were 2 and 1/2 more decades left in the cold war.
One side of my family has lived in/around New England since the 1900/1910s, I asked them if they remembered an airforce station in town and they all talked about the Havelock station a few miles southeast of town, appearently it was part of an electronic warfare training area for bombers out of Ellsworth AFB and its facilities were used to simulate radar threats. The test range now is called the Powder River Training Complex and covers the four corners area of the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana, I’m not sure if it went by that name back then. Like you said though, that maybe just the “official” purpose of the facility, and not the actual. Ive driven to it a few times and its grounds were larger than I expected.
Paranormal stuff is also one of my passions and ive seen a few things in the clear night skies out here to make me scratch my head every once and a while, my uncle and some of his neighbors also appearently had cattle mutilated in the classic Linda Moulton Howe fashion back in the late 80s/early 90s if I remember correctly, this happened about 10 miles northeast of Scranton, ND.
Slope County Man,
Thank you for your comment, especially for letting me know about “Havelock” southeast of New England, I didn’t even know that this place existed. I looked it up, and there is even a Wikipedia article saying that “Moravians” settled there in 1908, then I had to look up Moravians, and they were German speaking Czechs, very closely associated with Bohemians who settled places like New Hradec north of Dickinson. I could not find any reference to “Air Force” and “Havelock”, which doesn’t surprise me. I expect that the Air Force would have used a butte.
As I probably already wrote, the facilities and the number of personnel at Radar Base Hill outside of Dickinson were much more extensive than would have been required solely for a “Radar Weather Station” or a “Ground Intercept and Tracking Station”. There was a lot that was underground, I don’t know if there will be anyone coming forward with information on the extent of the underground space. With the advances in computers and telecommunications, I think that this greatly reduced the number of personnel having to physically man ICBM sites and control/communication sites.
After I wrote this article, a year or so ago I was talking about this with a co-worker of mine in his early 50s from Dickinson, and he told me that in the 1950s and 1960s his father, his father’s friend, and other people in Dickinson, used to drive around at night looking for UFOs and try drive as fast as they could to where they landed. The reason why, was because UFOs were landing in this area back then.