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Mothman Revealed – Green Beret Halo Training Triggered the Legend

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Mothman Revealed – Green Beret Halo Training Triggered the Legend

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In the fall of1966, the sleepy little town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia became the home to a number of strange sightings. A large, winged man-like creature was reported by two young couples traveling together. Not even a week later, five grave diggers reported seeing a similar creature.

The creatures described in both of the sightings were eerily the same: about seven feet tall with glowing red eyes and a wing span that stretched at least to15 feet. Thus from these sightings, the Mothman legend was born.

For the last half century, people have theorized that the creature was everything from aliens to angels to a misidentified species of bird to an unidentified species of bird. However, one writer claims that the Mothman was nothing of the sort. His claim is that the Mothman sightings were a number of different men, the Green Berets.

From the initial eyewitness accounts on, reports of the Mothman continued to circulate. Then, when the Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people, the Mothman was immediately associated with death and destruction. Once people began connecting the Mothman to the bridge disaster, theories about aliens and giant birds began to fade and theories regarding it as an Angel of Death, demon, or some other evil supernatural being moved to the forefront. This theory seemed to have been perpetuated by the fact the sightings became more numerous leading up to the bridge collapse and then tapered off after the tragedy.




Green Beret, Bird, or Something Else?

Of course, skeptics discard all of the theories and propose that the Mothman is nothing more than the misidentification of a known bird or just an all out hoax. Some wildlife enthusiasts and Mothman skeptics believe a possible answer to the mystery lies in the Common Barn Owl.

Many of the characteristics seen in the Mothman are applicable to the barn owl, as well. For example, at night, the owl’s eye shine is a dark red color. Additionally, because of the animal’s lack of tufts it almost appears that its eyes are on its chest instead of its head. Even though the common barn owl does not grow to the proportions of the Mothman, advocates of the idea claim their four-foot wingspan could be misinterpreted because of their coloration and shadows at night. Finally, the Mothman is said to inhabit an abandoned TNT factory. Similarly, barn owls often choose to roost in abandoned buildings.

However, one writer states the Mothman was neither a supernatural beast nor a bird; it was a Green Beret: actually, a number of Green Berets. In the February edition of Soldier of Fortune magazine, writer Harold Hutchison contends that the sightings were the result of top secret Special Forces training on High-Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jumps.

HALO jumps consist of a jump from an aircraft, at a high altitude. The jumper free-falls for a period of time at terminal velocity, and opens his parachute at a low altitude. The high-speed fall and forward air-speed helps to prevent detection by radar and minimizes the amount of time the parachute might be visible from the ground.

Hutchinson contends that the Green Berets were being trained on perfecting HALO jumps near Point Pleasant. As for the Mothman’s glowing eyes, Hutchinson contributes that to paint that the Green Berets wore so they could track the jumpers after jumping from the aircraft.

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What Did Trigger the Legend?

Even though this explanation is as plausible as many of the other theories, there are some key points from eyewitness accounts that do not match up. The one major point is that most of the witnesses claim to have seen the moth man fly away. One witness stated, “I was just petrified for a few minutes… Then it just got up on top of this 5-story building and just went off the top of it.” Green Berets are good…but they can’t fly.

It is very possible that many of the Mothman reports can be contributed to the top-secret training of Green Berets on HALO jumps near Point Pleasant. Just as it is highly possible that many of the reports can be contributed to the Common Barn Owl. Do you think the Green Berets triggered the legend?


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(1) Christian_238 via photopin cc
(2) Wikipedia: Mothman Statue

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Dennis –

    Thanks for the article. I appreciate the work produced at ‘Top Secret Writers’.

    I read Mr. Hutchison’s piece on HALO and Mothman. I was rather disappointed that he did not cite specific sources or provide references for the reported information.

    I subsequently emailed Mr. Hutchison twice requesting he explain exactly how he discovered Special Forces were conducting HALO testing over Point Pleasant circa 1966. He has not yet replied.

    Dennis, if you or others might be aware of specific declassified documents or similar authenticated sources confirming such operations, I would be most grateful to have them passed along. Thanks very much and keep up the good work.

    Regards,

    Jack Brewer

  • Hi Jack. First off, thanks for reading! I am glad you enjoy the site. As for as the Hutchison story, his lack of citations concerns me. So much so, that I was not sure if I was going to write the story. His article is not only void of citations, but also an credible witnesses (or any witnesses at all). He do not even state how he came across this information.

    Just as I am sure you have done, I have looked for documents, interviews of personnel or witnesses, etc and have yet to come across anything that states or even implies Green Berets (or any military entity) was involved. This is one reason why I put the onus entirely on Hutchison.

    The Point Pleasant area had and still does have a more-than-the-usual-amount of military activity occurring. This activity could lend some credence to Hutchison’s claims, but still…without something to go on, these are only claims.

    That’s why the paratrooper theory is just another theory in the bucket of Mothman theories. His theory is no more (or less) plausible than the others already out there, such as the owls, etc.

    If Hutchison does get back to you (which I have this inkling that he probably won’t) I would love it if you could share his sources with us.

    Dennis

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