General Douglas MacArthur, when asked about the possibility of a third World War, is quoted in the New York Times on October 9, 1955, as saying, “The nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nation’s of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets.”
Seven years later, addressing the 1962 graduating class at West Point, General MacArthur returned to this grim theme. N.I.C.A.P. Bulletin for October-November quotes him as saying: “We deal now, not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier. We speak in terms of harnessing the cosmic energy. . . of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy; of such dreams and fantasies as to make life the most exciting of all times.”
Dr. Carl Sagan, eminent astronomer at the University of California, advisor to NASA, member National Academy of Sciences, and member of the Armed Forces Panel on Extraterrestrial Life, speaking to a meeting of the American rocket Society in the winter of 1962, said: “The earth probably has been visited by intelligent beings representing an advanced civilization from outer space!”
In Decatur, Illinois, on January 9, 1963, Brigadier General John A. McDavid, Director of Communications-Electronics for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., spoke at the annual alumni assembly at Milliken University.
General McDavid said we must be prepared for the future. Our relationship to other life in the universe is part of this future, as far as the British interplanetary scientist and author, Dr. Arthur C. Clarke believes, “there can be little doubt we will come into contact out in space with races more intelligent than our own.”
General McDavid added: “Before long people may be forced to realize and accept as a fact that his earth is only an infinitesimal grain of sand in an infinite universe, that the human is one of man forms of life with which God is concerned and the others are far superior to us.”
In a written statement on the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon, Senator Barry Goldwater declared: “Flying Saucers, unidentified flying objects, or whatever you call them, are real!” That view is shared by Vice Admiral R.N. Hillenkoetter, USN, Retired, and former head of Central Intelligence, a post that he occupied when the Nation’s capital was visited by scores of UFOs in the summer of 1952.
Frank Halstead, for twenty-six years director of the University of Minnesota’s Darling Observatory at Duluth, has seen and reported several of these unconventional objects. He said of them, “They were tremendous in size, awesome to behold. Mankind must be prepared to accept the fact that we are having visitors from elsewhere in space.”