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UFO 'death ray' made Korean War GIs sick


Posted on Wednesday, 26 September, 2018 | Comment icon 32 comments

Was a secret Soviet experiment to blame, or was it something else ? Image Credit: DoD
In 1951, an encounter with a strange object near Seoul inflicted an entire company with radiation sickness.
Reports of unidentified flying objects were surprisingly common during the many wars of the 20th century. During World War II, sightings of such objects were so widespread that Allied pilots even had their own name for them - 'foo fighters'. Similar reports would later continue well in to the Cold War.

One particularly intriguing incident occurred in 1951 during the Korean War. It involved PFC Francis P. Wall and his regiment who had been stationed near Chorwon, 60 miles to the south of Seoul.

The men had been getting ready to bombard a nearby village with artillery when they saw what they described as a "jack-o-lantern" descend from the sky and hover over the settlement.

"[We] noticed that this object would get right into... the center of an airburst of artillery and yet remain unharmed," Wall later said while recollecting the encounter.

When the artillery explosions failed to damage it, the soldiers switched to armor-piercing rounds, however it was no use - the bullets simply rebounded off the object with a metallic 'ding'.

Before long, the UFO had started to move erratically while its lights pulsated with a brilliant blue-green light. It shifted from side to side, seemingly in response to the attack.

Things came to a head when, without warning, the object reciprocated.

"We were attacked," said Wall. "[We were] swept by some form of a ray that was emitted in pulses, in waves that you could visually see only when it was aiming directly at you. That is to say, like a searchlight sweeps around and the segments of light... you would see it coming at you."

Within seconds, the object had shot off in to the sky and was gone.

Three days later, the entire company had to be evacuated by ambulance. Some were so weak that they could no longer walk and most were suffering from symptoms indicative of radiation exposure.

To this day, no definitive explanation for the incident has ever been found.

Source: History Channel | Comments (32)

Tags: UFO, Korea, Radiation

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by Barkinghorse on 28 September, 2018, 0:20
Cant think of any other event that could have done it. Unless someone can give me one.  And while youre at it, explain what the red ball was, how it vanished, and what happened to my Tv and dogs. Oh and also why i would lie, just to put up with all the crap you guys lay on me.
Comment icon #24 Posted by internetperson on 28 September, 2018, 0:51
If this were an auto forum and you were posting engine problems even a master mechanic may say that they can't help you short of physically being there and diagnosing. Or if you wanna know why your plants aren't growing, a master gardener will have to physically gather more info. What do you want us to tell you?  For what it's worth I don't think your lying I just don't put much thought in it. Know what I mean? Don't mean to be a jerk. Rhetorical question: Have you ever a liar say this?  I try not to be a jerk but it's hard. Folks take advantage of me then I have to check them in place which i... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by stereologist on 28 September, 2018, 15:15
It doesn't take an event. It could happen over time. Humans do not have symmetrical interiors. There is no reason to assume that anything should be distributed evenly. For example, an airborne contamination would go to our lungs. Some radioactive materials are deposited in the larger bones. Radioactive materials can be ingested, absorbed or injected as well as inhaled. It is the simple fact that materials are not evenly distributed that allows medical personnel to identify particular areas of the body that are of interest. If your body were evenly radioactive then that would be of interest. Th... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by The Caspian Hare on 28 September, 2018, 15:52
lol I'd love to call that fire mission. "Large spinning silver disk in the open, fire for effect, over."
Comment icon #27 Posted by ChrLzs on 1 October, 2018, 3:22
Someone ate too many bananas.
Comment icon #28 Posted by HollyDolly on 5 October, 2018, 19:02
I don't recall hearing this Korea War story. Now I have heard of the Foo Fighters, because my late father mentioned them.Before he got invovled in  intelligence work during WW2, he had been a flight crew chief and airplane mechanic. He said  we thought it was something the germans cooked up, and they thought   the foo fighters were some sort of secret weapon of ours. As far as the radioactive business mentioned earlier, not dealing with Korea, well there are uranium mines in the US. In fact, south of San Antonio in Karnes County they have them. Think also  in maybe one or two other counties so... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by stereologist on 6 October, 2018, 13:04
The mines are well ventilated to protect the miners. I have heard that the amount of radioactivity released by each mine each day is greater than the total radioactivity released by power plants over the course of a year.
Comment icon #30 Posted by badeskov on 7 October, 2018, 1:07
Being irradiated does make one sick, but does not make one radioactive and thus make a Geigercounter detect it. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by Vlad the Mighty on 7 October, 2018, 14:25
So whose side were these aliens on? They were on the side of the commies then were they?  
Comment icon #32 Posted by RoofGardener on 7 October, 2018, 15:21
It's really simple.  It never happened.  The GI's did NOT get radiation poisoning, or even exposure.  The whole thing is a hokum story. 


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