One of the most commonly asked about Presidents and UFOs concerns the rumored encounter between Eisenhower and aliens at Edward’s Air Force Base (them known as Muroc Field) on the evening on February 20, 1954.
This is a rumor that I tried to get to the bottom of, and I did it by reviewing all the related files at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene Kansas. There was a lot of related material but nothing that resolved the question.
|This is Smoke Tree Ranch where Eisenhower was|
supposed to be playing bridge when the press
suddenly realized he was gone.
The story takes many forms, but the basic story supported by the documents shows that while on a vacation trip to Palm Springs California the President went missing. He was staying at the Smoke Tree Ranch and was last seen early Saturday afternoon. The reason the UFO story continued for decades may have to do with the fact that there are a number of verifiable facts associated with the story.
The main fact that was both true and curious is that the President did disappear. The media picked up on it, but the records at the library do not indicate what tipped the press off. On Saturday evening the media suddenly concluded the president had disappeared and rumors ran rampant that he had either died or had suffered a heart attack.
One New York reporter even managed to get the story of the president’s death onto the wire. House Press Secretary James Haggerty was called back from a barbeque across town to put out the media fire. He called an urgent late evening press conference and killed the erroneous press release about the death of the president. In the news conference he announced that the reason the president was gone is that while eating fried chicken earlier that evening, he had knocked a cap off a tooth. He had been rushed to a local dentist, Dr. F. A. Purcell, for treatment. When Ike turned up as scheduled the next morning for an early church service, the media interest ended and never returned.
Logically the treating of the president by the dentist would be an important and memorable event for the dentist, but in this case it was not. This fact poured gas on the fire of conspiracy. Researcher Bill Moore talked about this in an investigation he did in the 1980s.
The incidence of a local dentist being called upon to treat a president of the United States is unusual enough that it should constitute a rather memorable event for those involved, the dentist's widow, in a June, 1979 interview, was curiously unable to recall any specifics relating to her husband's alleged involvement in the affair--not even the time of day it had occurred. Yet her memory appeared flawless when asked to relate details of her and her husband's attendance (by presidential invitation) at a steak fry the following evening, where her husband was introduced as "the dentist who had treated the president.
This strange forgetfulness, as Moore pointed out, indicate a cover story “which would have easily been repeated at the time, but quite naturally forgotten 25 years later.”
The cover story theory is also supported by the records of the trip held at the Eisenhower Library. Both Moore and I found that there was no record of the dental work being done in the extensive presidential medical file. A file on dental work done on the president during his two terms shows nothing either. More importantly, there was no thank you letter to the dentist for his work even though there were thank you letters for everyone else on the trip including the Sunday morning minister, someone who sent flowers, and individuals who greeted the presidential entourage at the airport.
The fact that Eisenhower was missing was resurrected about 7 weeks after the event in the UFO community.. On April 16, 1954 a man named Gerald Light sent a letter to the head of a Southern California metaphysical organization, stating he had been at Moroc where he saw Ike, the saucers, and the aliens. The story of Ike meeting with aliens was set and has only gained strength over the years. Light wrote,
I have just returned from Muroc. The report is true — devastatingly true!
I made the journey in company with Franklin Allen of the Hearst papers and Edwin Nourse of Brookings Institute (Truman's erstwhile financial advisor) and Bishop MacIntyre of L.A. (confidential names for the present, please).
When we were allowed to enter the restricted section (after about six hours in which we were checked on every possible item, event, incident and aspect of our personal and public lives), I had the distinct feeling that the world had come to an end with fantastic realism. For I have never seen so many human beings in a state of complete collapse and confusion, as they realized that their own world had indeed ended with such finality as to beggar description. The reality of the "other plane" aeroforms is now and forever removed from the realms of speculation and made a rather painful part of the consciousness of every responsible scientific and political group.
During my two days' visit I saw five separate and distinct types of aircraft being studied and handled by our Air Force officials -- with the assistance and permission of the Etherians! I have no words to express my reactions. It has finally happened. It is now a matter of history.
The circumstances of Light seeing the whole event is backed up by the fact that Ike did disappear, and this fact was never made public by the press on the night it happened. Light would have had no way of knowing and would therefore never have made the statement that Ike was at Muroc when the record showed he was on vacation at Palm Springs.
We will probably never know for sure whether or not Eisenhower went and met with aliens at Muroc. If he did the next question is who did he meet with and what did they discuss.
The main rumor that is repeated over and over is that Eisenhower made a treaty with a group of greys. In exchange for advanced technology from the aliens, the government would allow a certain number of Americans to be abducted by the greys.
This scenario is highly unlikely for the following reasons;
1) People were being abducted long before 1954. Some examples are Colin Andrews 1952, Betty Andreasson and her husband Bob Luca in 1944, Leo Sprinkle in 1940. The theory also ignores that abductions are a worldwide phenomenon, and that everything we know about the greys indicate they don’t really talk to anyone and do whatever they want.
2) The treaty idea also makes no sense. Why would Eisenhower sign a treaty with the aliens? If they violate the treaty what does the government do? Take them to court?
3) Why would the aliens make a deal to give the American military advanced technology which the military will use to try and shoot down saucers?
The more likely is that it occurred with human type etherian aliens just like Gerald Letter (and others such as UFO contactee George Adamski) claimed in his letter weeks after the event. These were the aliens types being described by contactees in the 1950s. They greys did not become known till the Hill abduction book became public in the mid-1960s.
If the alien meeting did take place it may well have been about nuclear weapons rather than abductions which were unheard of at the time. “Stop the nuclear weapons” was the predominant alien contactee message of the 1950s. These contactee messages about nuclear weapons began a few days after the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952.
More specifically the meeting may have been an alien warning as only days after the rumored meeting between Eisenhower and the aliens, the American government experienced the worst radiological weapon disaster in history. The event was so horrid that the incident is listed on the internet as # 8 on the “Top 10 Evil Human Experiments” ever performed on humans.
On March 1, 1954, (February 28 in California) only days after the rumored meeting at Muroc, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated the first test of a dry fuel hydrogen bomb, at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. It was first deliverable thermonuclear weapon called the “shrimp” by its designer Edward Teller. The yield was predicted at 5 megatons. A miscalculation related to the lithium-7 isotope led to a surprising 15 megatons, 1,000 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The huge plume of radioactive fallout rained down on a Japanese fishing vessel (killing one and eventually 11). It was dubbed by some Japanese at the time as the second Hiroshima. Even today there are yearly demonstrations in Japan protesting the event.
Then the fallout fell on two Marshall Islands in the area that were not evacuated. The plume continued to move around the world (7,000 square miles) causing an admission of what had occurred to the outrage of countries around the world. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made the first ever demand calling for a “standstill agreement” on nuclear tests.
Because it was a surface test it rained down a lot of fallout and it was very “dirty” with 10 of its 15 megatons (67%) from fission. Because the test was done on a coral reef the coral came apart “with no resistance, but did so in big enough chunks that rapidly fell back to Earth.”
The inhabitants of the Rongelap and Utirik atolls took a direct hit. Many thought that the fallout raining down on them was snow. Many ate it and rolled around in it. It was two centimeters thick. The islanders were not evacuated until three days later and suffered radiation sickness, even though AEC officials were on the island in hours to survey the damage. The decision had been made to leave the people on the island and a project was set up, Project 4.1, to study the effects of the radiation on the “savages but happy amenable savages.”
"The habitation of these people on Rongelap Island,” wrote Dr. Robert Conard, head of the Brookhaven / AEC medical surveillance team for the islanders, “affords the opportunity for a most valuable ecological radiation study on human beings ... The various radionuclides present on the island can be traced from the soil through the food chain and into the human being."
They were returned to the islands three years later despite the fact that no radioactive cleanup took place. Adam Horowitz, who produced the documentary “Nuclear Savages” based on recovered declassified documents about the nuclear test and Project 4.1 stated, “They purposely brought them to a highly contaminated island and left them there for three decades while they studied them.”
Thirty one years after 95% of the population alive between 1948 and 1954 had contracted thyroid cancer and a high proportion of their children suffered from genetic defects. Many jelly fish babies were born following the contamination. They were called that because they had no bones.
At the request of the islanders in 1985 Greenpeace spent 10 days evacuating the population to the island of Mejato 180 kilometres away.
If Eisenhower met with aliens in February it makes more sense there may have been a warning about nuclear weapons that Eisenhower ignored.
 “Did Eisenhower Meet With Aliens in 1954,” http://www.ufocasebook.com/1954eisenhoweraliens.html
 “Project Etheria: The Gerald Light Letter,” https://borderlandsciences.org/project/etheria/corr/1954-04-16_-_Gerald_Light_to_Meade_Layne.html
 Robert Conard, M.D., et al. March 1957 medical survey of Rongelap and Utrik people three years after exposure to radioactive fallout. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y. June 1958. Page. 22.
 Sally Round, “The film Nuclear Savage lays bare Marshalls "guinea pig" story: Interview with Adam Horowitz,” http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2587441/the-film-nuclear-savage-lays-bare-marshalls-guinea-pig-story
 Greenpeace, “The Evacuation of Rongelap,” http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/history/mejato/