Gerry Irwin Alien Abduction
lead up to and disappearance of Private
First Class Gerry Irwin reads
like an episode of the "X-files." It begins on February 28, 1959, when
Irwin a Nike technician at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, returning from
saw a glowing object flash across the sky right to left above Utah's
Route 14 before vanishing behind a ridge. Uncertain of the object's
exact nature but fearing it to be an aircraft in distress he decided to
check it out and see if he could render aid. Before setting off he
wrote a note “HAVE GONE TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE PLANE CRASH. PLEASE
CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.” He then attached it to the car’s
steering wheel and using shoe polish wrote “STOP” on the car’s side.
short time later a passing Fish and Game Inspector did stop and after
finding the note headed for the Sheriff’s office in nearby Cedar City.
Within an hour, Sheriff Otto Pfief and a hastily organised search party
found the technician unconscious a short distance from his car. Taken
to the local hospital the comatose serviceman was examined by a Dr.
Broadbent who declared his vital signs to be normal but was unable to
wake him. A preliminary diagnosis was “hysteria.”
awakening, a day later, both bewildered and concerned, questions as to
the fate of the glowing object were followed by a puzzled inquiry as to
the whereabouts of his jacket.
somewhat disoriented Irwin was returned to Fort Bliss and admitted to
William Beaumont Army Medical Center for further study. A few days
later, minus his security clearance, he returned to duty only to faint
while walking the base. On March 15 after fainting again, this time in
downtown El Paso, he was taken to Southwest General Hospital where he
woke (a day later) apparently suffering from memory loss, his first
words "Were there any survivors?"
to William Beaumont, this time to the psychiatric ward, he spent a
month under observation untill the staff, finding nothing wrong, once
again recomended discharge.
following day, without leave, Irwin left the base and boarded a bus in
El Paso headed for Cedar City. Upon arrival, April 19, he headed
southeast on Route 14 toward the place where it all began. Once there,
a quick search revealed his jacket draped over a bush a pencil wrapped
in paper stuck in a buttonhole. Whether he read what was on the paper
(if anything) is unclear, but after burning the paper he headed back to
Cedar City and turned himsef in to Sheriff Pfief. On July 10 following
a return to Fort Bliss and further psychiatric testing Irwin was
readmitted to William Beaumont. Following his release he failed to
report for duty and in September he was listed as AWOL. He has never
been seen again.
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