This is Des Moines, Washington in Seattle Southside. A small town with some very big stories. When I heard this story, I just had to know more and I think you'll feel the same way. Come on.
The Maury Island incident mural isn't just a most excellent spot for a selfie, it's a Des Moines launch pad for the true story that envelops what some say is the most incredible UFO tale in history.
It's June 21, 1947 when Tacoma resident, Harold Dahl, and his son Charles and the family dog, Sparky, picked up two crewmen on the docks in Tacoma and they headed out towards Maury Island on Harold's boat, the North Queen. Harold sees six huge flying discs in the sky a hundred feet across, hollow-shaped like donuts. One of them seems to be failing. It's lower than the others. There's an explosion and all kinds of debris. It's molten like lava. It's referred to by some as slag. The dog, Sparky, is hit and killed. The North Queen is damaged. Some slag burns Charles on his arm. They're so frightened that they run the boat aground on the nearest land, the beach on Maury Island, and they hide from the raining fire beneath some cliffs until the saucers go away.
But none of that is the weird part because on the very next day a man in black confronts Harold. The man in black told Harold that he knew what Harold had seen the day before in the water and the man in black warned Harold not to tell anyone or bad things might happen. Harold's account is our first modern reference to the men in black. Think about that; the X-Files, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Yep, the Maury Island incident is where that all started; right here. But none of that is the weird part.
J Edgar Hoover is competing with the army over jurisdiction to investigate the saucer sightings. They wanted to know what people were seeing because they wanted to know if maybe, maybe the Soviets were overflying our country. The army assigns two intelligence officers, former World War II pilots to investigate Maury Island, Captain William Davidson and Lieutenant Frank Brown. On July 31st, 1947, the two intelligence officers fly to McCord field in Tacoma in an army surplus B-25 bomber that they pilot. But by this time, over a month later, just like the man in black had warned, bad things had happened to Harold.