It was a horrific day in Dulce, New Mexico, in 1979 when the military allegedly lost 60 Green Berets in action while fighting against an enemy force whose troops were said to be some 7ft tall and gray. Of course, we are talking about space aliens here, in a battle deep underground in a secret(Aren’t they always?) tunnel where aliens and humans lived together.

At least that was what a man named Philip Schneider claims to have happened in what he called the Dulce Base Catastrophe.  Schneider not only witnessed the event but he helped set off the battle.

Philip Schneider

Schnieder was a civilian employee working for the US government. He has been variously described as an explosives expert, a structural engineer, and a geologist. He claimed to be the son of a U-boat commander who was captured by the Allied Forces and decided to switch sides. He also claimed that his father was part of the Philadelphia Experiment in October 1943, when a newly-commissioned destroyer called USS Eldridge supposedly disappeared from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and was reportedly seen in the Naval Shipyard in Virginia before returning back to Philadelphia in a matter of few minutes. (We covered the full story here.)

His high-level security clearance allowed him to be part of the construction of Deep Underground Military Bases (DUMBs), which is quite an interesting acronym. He claimed knowledge of all sorts of classified information including his allegation that the U.S. maintains 129 underground bases all over the U.S. interconnected with a vast tunnel system with trains and shuttles running in them.

The Gray Encounter

Here’s how he found out about the aliens:

At that time, he was hired by the government for the construction of secret underground bases for the US government in Dulce, N.M— a quaint town right on the Colorado-Mexico border with a population of not more than 3,000. He said he became suspicious about the engineering operation because he kept seeing Green Berets and Special Forces in the area(As if Green Berets training in remote areas would be something unusual?). Schneider tried to ignore the suspicions and proceed with his job of hole drilling but claimed an odor emerged from the hole that smelled like burning garbage. Then he claims he came face-to-face with a 7-foot tall, stinky, gray alien he called the “Grays.” He said that Grays were conducting some medical experiments on mankind — using live humans and DNA samples.  For food, the Grays absorbed human and cow blood.

Water reservoir near Dulce base.
Water reservoir near Dulce base. (Center for Land Use Interpretation via All That’s Interesting)

Schneider said he was freaked out encountering the alien and reached for his pistol(as anyone would have on them when boring tunnels we suppose) and shot two of the Grays dead. A third alien shot back at him with some sort of laster-plasma-ball kind of gun and blew off several of his fingers. He claimed to have survived only because one of the Green Berets with him in the tunnel gave his life saving him. An intense fire/plasma-fight ensued killing 60 green Berets and an unknown number of the gray aliens who retreated deep underground.  The bodies of these Green Berets were hidden from the rest of the world forever and Schneider was one of only three survivors in the battle.

His further claim was that deep below us an advanced and hostile alien civilization has been at war with humanity for a very long time

Schneider decided to come forward with his fantastic tale in 1995.

An article published by The Epoch Times wrote:

“There’s a war under there and it’s been going on since that time,” he said. He spoke of 1,477 underground bases around the world, 129 of which were located in the United States. Each cost $17 billion or more. He said the Black Budget, hidden from other U.S. government agencies and from the public, garners 25 percent of the gross national product. Military forces from multiple countries have been engaged in such warfare with aliens, he said.

Since then, he became an advocate asking for the government to be more transparent and let the public know of what they have discovered about the aliens. He also believed that they wanted to shut him up, and alleged that the World Trade Center Tower could have only been brought down by a nuclear weapon.

Debunking Dulce

In 1999, the French government published a study titled “UFOs and Defense: What Must We Be Prepared For?” with the conclusion that the US government was indeed withholding evidence about the existence of UFOs at that time. They even included “facts and testimonies” to prove their point.

Tabloid featuring the alleged extraterrestrials in NM. (HuffPost)

According to a political scientist named Michael Barkun, the underground missile installations were built during the Cold War, and this was what led to the rumors about the Dulce alien cave story. Furthermore, he said that stories about experiments and alien abductions in the area were nothing but “attractive legends” to the UFOlogists, encouraged locally because they brought in tourists.

On January 7th, 1996, concerned friends did a health and welfare check on Schnieder and found a rubber catheter wound around his neck in an apparent suicide. We don’t know if his body was buried underground, but for some reason, we suspect it wasn’t.