||On 9th July, 1947, Yeoman Frank Ryman
(U.S. Coastguard) sighted an unusual object in the
skies over Lake City, a northern suburb of Seattle.
Ryman estimated the object to be flying at 500 m.p.h.
and at an altitude of 10,000 ft.
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was a busy year as far as UFOs were concerned. On 24th
June Kenneth Arnold saw a formation of nine objects over
Mount Ranier (Washington State) which were later described
as "flying saucers"
by a reporter. This description was based on how Arnold
described the manner in which the objects crossed the sky.
This event heralded a host of sightings of mysterious objects
capable of carrying out incredible maneuvers over a period
of several weeks.
The Army Air Force (U.S.) regarded the
matter so seriously that a reward of $5000 was offered to
anyone who could help in solving the mystery of UFOs. Click
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Arnold's official report of a UFO sighting that would change
the course of history.
Wednesday 2nd July the Wilmot family were relaxing on their
veranda in Roswell . Just before 10p.m. they saw a bright
,glowing ,oval object flying at high speed to the north-east.
The Foster Ranch
house [ left ] Mac Brazel's home. Note the barn where
some of the debris was stored overnight.
On Friday 4th July at 11-15p.m. the
nuns of St. Mary's Hospital in Roswell saw a flaming
object coming down in a curve to the north of Roswell.
William Woody and his father also saw the object from
their ranch to the south of Roswell .Meanwhile 75 miles
north-west of Roswell during a raging thunderstorm Mac
( foreman of the Foster ranch) and his neighbours
hear an explosion. Out in the open countryside two campers,
Jim Ragsdale and his girlfriend, observe the crash of
a bright object whilst sheltering from the storm. First
thing on Saturday 5th July Mac Brazel and William "Dee"
Proctor (the seven year old son of a neighbour) ride
out to check for storm damage. They come across an area
about 200 yards by 3/4 mile long covered in wreckage
including a metallic foil-like material and rods like
balsa wood with strange hieroglyphic type writing on
them. When crumpled and released the foil-like material
quickly regained its original shape and the rods were
impervious to cutting or burning.
Brazels sheep refused to cross the area
of wreckage even though their water was on the other side
( later they had to transported by truck to water). After
taking some fragments of the wreckage home and putting it
in a shed Brazel, on the advice
of his wife and friends in Corona, decided to report the
matter to the authorities
exact spot where the crashed UFO was found.
Brazel - he found the wreckage of crashed UFO and
lived to regret the day he reported it to the authorities!
Wilcox was told about the unusual crash site by Brazel
chance Frank Joyce , a reporter with Radio K.G.F.L., called
Wilcox and the sheriff put him onto Brazel. Joyce is the
first person to announce the news and suggests that Wilcox
contacts Roswell Air force Base. Wilcox talked to Intelligence
Officer Major Jesse Marcel who collected the fragments
of wreckage and returned to base.
He was then ordered by Col. Blanchard to
go to Brazels ranch accompanied by a captain in the C.I.C.
Blanchard then notified Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey who immediately
informed the Pentagon. In mid-afternoon Chief of staff
Col. Thomas Jefferson Dubose was called by Gen. Clements McMullen
(deputy Commander of Strategic Air Command) from the Pentagon
who ordered that the wreckage be flown immediately to Andrews
Air Field near Washington.
McMullen collected it personally and sent
it to Brig. Gen. Benjamin Chidlaw - deputy Commander of the
Air Technical Intelligence Corps. at Wright Field.
Marcel and the C.I.C. agent (a captain)
then traveled with Brazel to the Foster ranch arriving
there at about 8-00p.m. . Brazel showed Marcel the wreckage
in his shed - there was no excessive radioactivity detected
by Marcel. The three men slept at the ranch unawares that
an aerial search for the wreckage had already begun on
orders from the Pentagon.
The aerial search located the wreck and
its occupants 40 miles north-west of Roswell. A salvage
team dispatched to the site came across a group of archaeologists
(led by W.Curry Holden) who had accidentally come across
the site whilst searching for pre- Columbian Indian pottery.
Sheriff Wilcox also attended and came across four beings
(he assumed they were from space) near the burnt area -
one was still alive. In later years the sheriffs wife told
her granddaughter " Their heads were big and they
wore silvery suits".
the early hours of Monday 7th July Col. Blanchard
instigated road blocks to a distance of 20 miles - even
the sheriffs deputies (Bud Payne, William Woddy and his
father) were refused access to the site. Meanwhile Jesse
Marcel and his two companions arrived at the site to
find the salvage team there .
the early afternoon Glenn Dennis of the Ballard Funeral
Home was called by an officer at Roswell AFB enquiring
about small hermetically sealed coffins . At 2-00pm a
meeting took place at the Pentagon to discuss the "Flying
Saucer situation" - present were Gen. Curtiss LeMay
(deputy Chief of Staff for R&D of the AAF) and Air
Chief of Staff Gen. Hoyt Vandenbury. Following the meeting
Gen. Nathan Twining ,Commander of the A.T.I.C., prepared
to fly to New Mexico.
mid-afternoon Glenn Dennis got another call asking how to
preserve bodies that have been lying in the desert for some
time and what effect the chemicals used would have on the
composition of the body. Interestingly Glenn Dennis suggested
packing the bodies in ice.
About an hour later Glenn Dennis is called
to the base for a completely different matter and whilst
there he saw some of the wreckage in the back of a vehicle.
Whilst there he also met a nurse he knew - she warned
him " My God, get out of here or you will be in serious
trouble!" Glenn Dennis
in later years - He never discovered what happened to his
By night time most of the debris had
been removed and before returning to the base Marcel
called home and showed part of the wreckage to his wife
and 11year old son. Marcel remarked to his son "This
is something very special - it does not come from this
Earth - I want you to remember it all your life".
9-00a.m. on the 8th July Col. Blanchard dictated a press
announcement to press officer Lt. Haut who delivered
the statement to the local press :-
many rumors regarding the flying discs became a reality yesterday
when the Intelligence Office of the 509th Bomb Group of the
Eighth Air Force ,RAAF, was fortunate enough to gain possession
of a disc through the cooperation of a local rancher and the
Sheriffs office of Chaves County.
The flying object landed on a ranch
near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities
, the rancher stored the disc until such time he was able to
contact the sheriffs office, who in turn notified Major Jesse
Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office.
Action was immediately taken and the disc
was picked up at the ranchers home. It was inspected at the
RAAF and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to higher headquarters".
The news spread around
the World like wildfire