The newspaper announcement that shocked the world.
Almost immediately after the announcement had hit the World the F.B.I. insisted that all radio stations stop transmitting the news. Walt Whitmore , the owner of Radio KGFL, received phone calls from Clinton Anderson ( Congressman for New Mexico), Senator Dennis Chavez – both threatening to withdraw his broadcasting license if he transmitted an interview he had recorded with Mac Brazel.
Meanwhile a team of experts had arrived from Washington and the wreck was loaded onto a plane to be taken to Wright Field . The pilot – Capt. Oliver Henderson maintained that he saw 3 E.T. bodies still in the hangar , stored in ice. At lunchtime Glenn Dennis met the nurse from the base. She told him she had assisted in the autopsies which were carried out by two doctors from Washington on three little beings – they had big heads, sunken eyes and four fingers. Due to the stench from the bodies the autopsies were carried out in a hanger. [ left ]
Mac Brazel told the chief editor of The Dispatch – “It was a mistake to inform the authorities”. The army made it quite clear to Sheriff Wilcox that he was forbidden to talk about the matter. Major Marcel flew some of the wreckage to Gen. Ramey [ left ] at Fort Worth and is amazed to see it swapped with the remnants of a crashed weather balloon. Under great humiliation Major Marcel told reporters – ” It was a big error, the disc is a weather balloon”. General Ramey of Fort Worth – ordered Marcel to report that the unknown object was, in fact, a weather balloon
It is interesting to note that General Hoyt Vandenburg – see Majestic 12 on this site received a message from General Ramey on 8th July 1947,referring to a crashed “disk”.
This is the text of the message:
1)***********************************NEAR OPERATION AT THE
2) **RANCH AND THE VICTIMS OF THE WRECK YOU FORWARDED TO THE
3) ***TEAM AT FORT WORTH, TEX.
4) *****S*S IN THE “DISK” THEY WILL SHIP FOR A1-8TH ARMYAF**
5) BY B29-ST OR C47. WRIGHT AF ASSIST FLIGHTS AT ROSWELL. ASSURE
6) THAT CIC-TEAM SAID THIS MISTAKEN MEANING OF STORY AND THINK
7) LATE TODAY NEXT SENT OUT PR OF WEATHER BALLOONS WOULD WORK
8) BETTER IF THEY ADD LAND DEMO RAWIN CREWS.
The message indicates there was a crashed disk containing beings Or corpses inside and that the idea of claiming that the crashed object was a weather balloon would work.
That evening Brazel and Frank Joyce were compelled to broadcast an interview telling a very different story from the original report. Brazel was then taken into custody and interrogated.
Brazel was kept at the guest house on the base and not allowed to go home – “It was like being in prison” he remarked. At 8-00a.m. Wednesday 9th July Col. Blanchard supervised the final clearing of the crash site and at 4-00p.m. the alien bodies were flown to Fort Worth. Gen. Schulgen, chief of Air Force Requirements Division asks the F.B.I. to assist in the matter of flying discs – he assured F.B.I Director J.Edgar Hoover – ” the discs do not originate from Earth”. At approximately 6-00p.m. the bodies arrived at Fort Worth – a crewman remarked – ” we have just made history”. On Friday 11th July the debriefing of the salvage crew took place – they were told – ” That was a matter of National Security and stands under absolute secrecy- ” Talk to no one about it . Forget you even saw it”. On Tuesday 15th July Mac Brazel was again intimidated by the Army but although he had lived in poverty it was noticeable that he now had a brand new truck, money to buy a new house at Tularosa and a cold store at Las Cruces.
Many of the soldiers and MPs involved in the retrievals were soon transferred to other bases. The nurse from the base was transferred overseas (U.K.) but when Glenn Dennis tried to contact her by letter it was returned by the Army – on the envelope was written “Deceased”.
In the 1980s Maj. Jesse Marcel still maintained that a disc had crashed at Roswell and to this day his son , a doctor of medicine, remembers his father showing him the fragments – he will never forget his fathers words