Did a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947?
In 1947, a mysterious craft was found near Roswell, New Mexico. The government said it was a weather balloon, but eyewitnesses believed it was a UFO.
The story began in July of 1947, when a violent electrical storm swept over the desolate plains of South Central New Mexico. At his remote ranch house, “Mac” Brazel patiently waited out the lightning and thunder when he heard a strange thunder clap.
Kevin D. Randle has written extensively on the Roswell UFO:
Something had crashed in one of Mac’s fields the night before. According to Kevin Randle, the object was broken up beyond identification:
Some of the metal pieces appeared to have strange qualities and unusual tensile properties. The pieces could not be cut or burned.
The following Monday, Brazel reported his discovery to the Sheriff, who informed the nearby Roswell Army Air Base. That afternoon, Mac Brazel led two Army intelligence officers to the crash site. One of the officers was Major Jesse Marcel, Sr., whose primary duty was to investigate air accidents. Even with his experience, Marcel was unable to identify the craft. Marcel died in 1982, but before his death, he was interviewed about what he saw that day:
Late on the night of July 7th, Major Marcel loaded his car with the unusual debris and drove back to Roswell. But before going to the base, he stopped by his home. He wanted to show his family what he had found. Jesse Marcel, Jr., was 11 at the time and remembered the strange material his father brought home:
The most remarkable fragment was a short piece of I-beam, which was covered with strange symbols and markings. Jesse Marcel, Jr. was convinced the object was from another planet:
Major Marcel took the wreckage to the Roswell base, where he was stationed. That same morning, Colonel William Blanchard, the commanding officer in Roswell, made a crucial decision. He went public with the story of Mac Brazel’s discovery. Second Lieutenant Walter Haut was the Public Information Officer for the Roswell base at the time. Colonel Blanchard ordered him to issue a press release, telling the country that the Army had found the wreckage of a flying saucer. Second Lieutenant Haut never questioned his commanding officer’s orders:
The press release was immediately picked up by newspapers across the country. The story created an uproar. Then surprisingly, that same day Barney Barnett of Socorro, New Mexico, discovered the wreckage of a similar UFO-like object. Vern Maltais was a friend of Barney’s at the time of his discovery:
Barney told Vern that he reached the crash site at about the same time as a group of archaeology students who had seen the wreckage from their nearby dig. The military also discovered the second crash site after an aerial search, but arrived too late to properly secure the area. Barney Barnett and the students had a clear and detailed look at the craft and its occupants. But according to Vern Maltais, their story was hidden from the public:
All efforts to track down the members of the archaeology dig have been unsuccessful. While the Barnett story has only been told second hand, many believe there is too much supporting evidence to completely dismiss it.
On July 8, 1947, newspapers across America published accounts that a UFO had supposedly crashed in New Mexico. That same day, a cargo plane carrying the debris from the crash site arrived at an Air Base in Forth Worth, Texas. Brigadier General Roger Ramey, was a high ranking Army Air Force official at Fort Worth. Within hours, Ramey’s office issued a new press release stating that the material recovered in New Mexico was not a UFO, but was the wreckage of a U.S. Army weather balloon.
According to his son Jesse, Mac Brazel was immediately skeptical:
But the UFO incident was still very much alive for Mac Brazel. At the time, a rumor surfaced that Mac was briefly detained at the Roswell Base until after the new press release had been circulated and accepted by the public. When Mac returned to his ranch, all traces of the “Roswell Incident” had apparently been removed from the area.
In spite of circumstantial evidence, there was no real proof to dispute the Army’s statement that the wreckage was a weather balloon. Then, more than 30 years later, UFO researchers obtained a document containing, what they believed, was new evidence. Known as the MJ-12 memo, this top secret document was mailed anonymously to a UFO researcher in 1984.
The contents of the report stunned researchers. It claimed that four small beings had been recovered from the crash site in Roswell. All four were dead. The report also stated that the news media was issued a cover story claiming the object had been a “misguided weather balloon.” The government has consistently refused to comment on the MJ-12 memo, and there is still no proof of its origin. But if this document and the other accounts from 1947 are true, then the question remains: Does the government have evidence of alien life?
Many years have passed since that hot summer night when a violent thunderstorm swept over the Brazel ranch. The military declared that the remnants found in that remote field came from a downed weather balloon. But the people who actually saw and held the wreckage disagree. Perhaps it was an experimental aircraft that the military wanted to keep top-secret. But perhaps, just perhaps, it was something else.
For almost fifty years, the events that took place at Roswell and the official explanation that followed fueled suspicion of a cover-up. The Air Force has always insisted that rumors of alien contact were just that—rumors. But new witnesses have continued to come forward claiming that the Roswell story was true. Of all the new accounts, the statement provided by a man named Glenn Dennis is too compelling to be ignored.
In 1947, Glenn Dennis was 22-years-old and just out of college. That summer, he was working at a funeral home in Roswell. Two days before the UFO story broke, Glenn received a strange phone call from the Roswell Air Base:
That afternoon, Glenn was called to transport an injured airman to the Roswell base. When he arrived, he was surprised to find the base infirmary surrounded by military police. Two ambulances parked at the curb immediately caught Glenn’s attention:
According to Glenn, one of the officers told him not to repeat what he saw:
As Glenn was being escorted from the Roswell infirmary by the two MPs, a group of doctors stumbled out of a storeroom overcome by noxious fumes. With them was a nurse, who Glenn recognized. Hoping to find an explanation for the strange events at the base, Glenn Dennis asked the nurse if she would meet with him. The next day, the nurse agreed on the condition that Glenn never reveal her identity. According to Glen, the nurse told him she was ordered to take notes during an alien autopsy:
In all, the nurse claimed to have seen three bodies. She was adamant that none of the bodies were earthly in origin. Glenn never saw the nurse again. A few weeks later, rumors circulated that she had died in a plane crash after being transferred out of the country. To this day, Glenn remains convinced that the details of her story are true:
The air force has claimed that the “alien bodies” were actually dummies that were part of a “parachute test”. Perhaps one day we’ll find conclusive evidence of UFO’s. Until that time the events at Roswell, New Mexico, will remain one of the most compelling UFO mysteries ever reported.