taken from THE UFO CRASH/RETRIEVAL SYNDROME
Status Report II: New Sources, New Data
By Leonard H. Stringfield
light of new information surfacing about an alleged crash
and retrieval of an alien craft near Roswell, New Mexico,
in 1947, the following case, published in Abstract #18
of my previous paper, is certainly not in itself unusual,
but it merits review as it may provide useful testimony
April 7, 1978, Steve tom, NBC radio newsman, Chicago,
and I were linked up by phone for an interview with a
former Air Force Intelligence Officer, Major Jesse Marcel,
residing in Houma, Louisiana. Major Marcel, I learned,
shared some common ground with me. He had also served
in the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World
War II, and had been in several combat areas such as Leyte,
Philippine Islands, where I had been assigned. The purpose
of our call was to obtain, firsthand, the Major's confirmation
of his role in the retrieval of an alleged crashed UFO
northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947.
debris of an apparent metallic aerial device, or craft,
that had exploded in the air, or crashed, was first made
known by a sheep rancher who found fragments of metal
and other material on his 8,000-acre property. When he
informed the Air Force base in Roswell of his discovery,
Major Marcel and aides were dispatched to the area for
investigation. There, he found many metal fragments and
what appeared to be "parchment" strewn in a
1-mile-square area. "The metal fragments,"
said the Major, "varied in size up to 6 inches
in length, but were of the thickness of tinfoil. The fragments
were unusual," he continued, "because
they were of great strength. They could not be bent or
broken, no matter what pressure we applied by hand."
area was thoroughly checked, he said, but no fresh impact
depressions were found in the sand. The area was not radioactive.
The fragments, he added, were transported by a military
carry-all to the Air Base in Roswell and from that point,
he was instructed by General Roger A. Ramey, Chief of
the Air Defense Command, to deliver the "hardware"
to Ft. Worth, to be forwarded to Wright-Patterson Field
for analysis. When the press learned of this retrieval
operation, and wanted a story, Major Marcel stated, "To
get them off my back, I told them we were recovering a
downed weather balloon."
the Major's story got publicity, it has been said by some
researchers that the retrieved fragments were possibly
a part of the Skyhook balloon, at that time classified
as Secret. On October 5, 1979, I called him and got this
material I gathered did not resemble anything off a balloon.
A balloon, of any kind, could not have exploded and spread
its debris over such a broad area....I was told later
that a military team from my base was sent to rake the
there were entities aboard, they could have been destroyed
in what appeared to be a violent aerial explosion.
the successful release of their book, The Philadelphia
Experiment, in 1979, which uncovers new data about another
legendary mystery concerning a warship being invisibly
teleported during a Navy experiment in 1943, the authors,
Charles Berlitz and William Moore, are ready for another
expose far removed from sea lore. The theme concerns an
alleged crash of a UFO in 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico.
Thus, there may be a tie-in with the account offered by
Major Jesse Marcel.
Moore, persuasive and methodical in his probing skills,
told me during a private meeting in Cincinnati in July
1979, that he had uncovered some good firsthand data about
the 1947 crash. In trust, he related some of his material
and if his informants are as reliable as he alleges, then
the Air Force long ago had evidence to back up and make
policy about the incursive UFO.