Lt. Col. Kevin Randle, PhD, USA
Lt. Col. Kevin Randle, PhD, USA retired
Dr. Kevin D. Randle (born 1949), is a prominent
ufologist. Within the UFO community he is often
regarded as one of the preeminent experts on
the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New
Mexico in July 1947.
A professional writer with more than 80 books
to his credit, Randle is perhaps best known for
his books about UFOs and the Roswell story.
While the vast majority of his books are science
fiction and historical fiction, it’s his books on the
alleged UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico in
1947 that have exerted an enormous influence
on those interested in the saga. Randle, along
with Stanton Friedman, is generally
acknowledged as one of the leading
researchers into the Roswell story and the UFO
question. He continues to work in the UFO field, although lately he has concentrated more on his science
fiction books than UFO research.
A combat veteran, Kevin Randle served in the U.S. Army during both the Vietnam War and the Second
Gulf War. In Vietnam Randle piloted UH-1 helicopters while assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter
Company based at Cu Chi, and later with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Tay Ninh.
Between the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq, Randle was in the United States Air Force, both on active
duty and in the active reserves. In the Air Force, Randle pulled duty as a public affairs officer, a general’s
aide, and an intelligence officer. He was promoted several times and completed his Air Force Reserve
duty as a captain and the director of intelligence for an airlift group.
After the 911 attacks Randle joined the Iowa National Guard as an intelligence officer. His unit, the 234th
Signal Battalion, deployed in Iraq in June 2003, to the Baghdad International Airport, returning in May
2004. Randle was awarded a Combat Action Badge for his participation in several firefights in Iraq.
Randle retired from the Iowa National Guard as a colonel in 2009
Randle studied journalism at the University of Iowa (BA). He earned a Master’s degree in psychology, as
well as a Ph.D. from California Coast University and a second Master’s degree in military studies, from
the American Military University
Randle began his study of UFOs while still a high school student. In 1972 he published his first article
about UFOs in Saga’s Annual UFO Report. Throughout the 1970s, he published a number of articles
concerning a variety of UFO sightings including tales of alien abduction, photographic cases, and those
involving some sort of physical evidence. In 1975 he was asked by Jim Lorenzen to investigate the wave
of cattle mutilations that were sweeping the Midwest and west.