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The Roswell Incident involves the recovery of UFOs, their occupants, and its materiel by United States defense.


At about 20:47 hours on 02 July 1947, about twenty persons in the Roswell area reported seeing a bright yellow or “sun colored” disc-shaped object.

At 09:18 hours on 07 July 1947, the authorities at Roswell Field were alerted to a crash event.

Major Jesse Marcel, staff intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office, and Captain Lee Carns of the Counter Intelligence Corps were dispatched to investigate Roswell.[1]

The two investigators met with a local rancher named William Brazel, who took them to a debris field near his ranch, about 75 miles northwest of Roswell.

The officers then returned to the Roswell Field with samples from the landing zone, and reported their findings to Col. William Blanchard of Air Tactical Command.

Blanchard notified someone in the Pentagon, who authorized him to release an official press statement.[2]

US radio in 1947
The year 1947 saw a number of significant debuts in radio broadcasting history.[3]

On July 8, 1947, RAAF public information officer Walter Haut issued the press release stating that a "flying disc" had been recovered.[4] It was phoned in to Albuquerque radio station KQEA, broadcasting on 1450 kHz.

Orders were given to transport the object and debris to Wright Field aboard a B-29 aircraft.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
The Associated Press reported Ramey’s statement that the “weather balloon” would be transported out of New Mexico on a B-29.[5]


A Boeing B-29 Superfortress was used to transport the “weather balloon”.

An Albuquerque reporter got wind of the fact that the object was on its way to Wright Field. He called in to Wright asking for the command to confirm the nature of the Roswell crash. Lt. Gen. Nathan Twining, Air Materiel Command, was Wright Field’s commander who opted to neither confirm nor deny receipt of a B-29, its payload, or the existence of a crash at Roswell.

Twining immediately sent a teletype to Brig. General Roger M. Ramey, of the Eighth Air Force, commander of Carswell Field, TX informing him of the Roswell situation and the attention it was getting.


Three major techniques to coverup the Roswell UFO incident were employed by Brigadier General Ramey: (1) Redo the press release, (2) Give a statement on radio broadcast, and (3) meet the press for a photo conference.

I. New press release
The Albuquerque radio station was contacted to cease transmission of the original story given by Officer Haut, and to contact the Roswell Office of Public Information for the “correct release”.[1]

On 9 July 1947, the Associated Press (AP) released the following “corrections”:[5]

  1. The object in question was a “weather balloon”.
  2. A specialist had to be called in to confirm that the object was a weather balloon—Warrant Officer Irving Newton of Medford, Wis.
  3. Now that they know that it was a weather balloon, “plans to fly the object to Wright Field for further investigation were cancelled.”
  4. Since it’s a weather balloon that poses no threat, the ‘public relations officer said it was in his office, "and it'll probably stay right there."’.
  5. General Ramey said that the object was going to Fort Worth.

Photo conference at Foster’s homestead


In 1978, Stanton Freedman interviewed Jesse Marcel,[6] who recounted that the true nature of the debris was being suppressed by the military. His accounts were featured in the documentary UFOs are Real (1979) and in a February 1980 National Enquirer article. Marcel said that they recovered beams inscribed in undecipherable hieroglyphics.[7]

II. Radio broadcast statement
On the local radio station, General Ramey gave the following broadcast:[5]

"Anyone who found an object he believed to be a "flying disc" should contact the nearest Army office or Sheriff's office... I don't say these devices are what people have called disc. There is no such gadget known to the Army--at least this far down the line."[5]

III. The photo conference
Major Jesse Marcel, Lt. Colonel Sheridan Cavitt and Master Sergeant Bill Rickett were instructed to go to Foster’s Ranch with a bundle of tinfoil, broken wooden beams from a kite, and torn synthetic rubber. After laying out the pieces in the homestead, they called the press for a photo conference. Marcel was ordered to give the following statement for the press during the photo shoot: "[We] spent a couple of hours Monday afternoon looking for any more parts of the weather device. We found a few more patches of tinfoil and rubber."

Foster Ranch


After 1947, the Fosters acquired additional properties and "made a fortune off of oil." BLM property transfer records lists eight entries for "Henry Foster", in New Mexico, for eight different properties transfers. But the details for these transfers remain unavailable because, they have "not been assigned for system automation."[8]

The United States Government has issued a permanent edict that no development is to be conducted at the Foster Ranch. The US Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) review and approve federal land transfers and grant authority for subsurface exploration underlying Federal, State and private land. The BLM's Roswell, NM office has recorded an assessment entitled, "Environmental Assessment for Grazing Authorization of Allotment 63020" which includes the Foster Ranch. The following notation about this allotment is found within the document:[8]

"One of the alleged UFO crashes of 1947 is located on this allotment. The UFO crash site has been excluded from rights-of-way and mineral leasing. The site will be withdrawn from mining claim location and is designated NSO for oil and gas leasing."


At one point, William Brazel admitted to knowing about the Roswell debri at least three weeks prior to July 6th. Because the US military was concerned about public opinion, they reported that the “balloon” crash happened only a few days prior to the object being reported.

Landing Zones (LZ)s
Corona was later termed (L1) after the second zone, Trinity (L2), was discovered—before Roswell (L3) at Foster Ranch.

Based on alleged radar film and tower logs, there were other Roswell related landing zones (LZ)s. Three LZs are believed to have happened at the same time, including Roswell.[9] But each zone hadn’t been discovered until later and at different periods of time.

Alamogordo Field (now Holloman AFB) was alerted to three radar targets that merged over Socorro County, New Mexico, then disappeared. Radar film and tower logs could not explain the merging. Following Brazel’s timeline, the radar/tower logs might be dated to early June, 1947.

Since jurisdiction belonged to the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Sandia Base personel were assigned to investigate. Sandia performed a search that led them to Corona, New Mexico.[10] What they found was beyond their comprehension. AEC notified Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP) at the Pentagon, about what they found at Corona.

Corona (L1)

Main: Corona, New Mexico (Site L-1)

Corona (L1) is the first Roswell incident to have been discovered by US persons.[11]

Major General Leslie Groves, of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP) commanded operations. Teams of Special Engineer Detachment (SED) personnel were deployed on site.

The debris field at Corona was not as extensive as the other zones that were later discovered.

The Corona disc was descibed as a “circular planform aircraft”. As it was later determined, all of the subsequent objects in the Roswell UFO incident, are the same type of flying discs and each are related to each other.

The “debris field” revealed a number of cylinders that were found near the UFO, containing UFO occupants.[11] Corona (L1) was the only zone in the Roswell UFO incident to have occupants. No other cylinders were found with occupants, neither at Trinity (L2) nor Roswell (L3). In Jesse Marcel’s testimony, he was quite certain that no bodies were among the debris field at Roswell.[12]

Some of the SED personnel who came in contact with the debris near the power plant (the propulsion system) had suffered severe reactions. One technician was so overcomed that he collasped.

A medical technician went into a coma four hours after placing an occupant body in a rubber body-bag. Up to four SED personnel who experienced noticeable symptoms were rushed to Los Alamos for observation. All four later died of seizures and profuse bleeding, even though they wore protective suits when they came in contact[11] with onsite biological UFO fluids.[10]

Autopsies on the four dead SED technicians were not conclusive at Los Alamos. It was believed that the four suffered from some form of toxin or a highly contagious desease. Tissue samples were sent to Camp Detrick, Md.

In the opinion of the senior AEC medical officer, current medical equipment and supplies were wholly inadequate in dealing with a large scale outbreak of the “alien virus”. Facilities at Los Alamos and Mayo Clinics were considered as lacking in the current climate.[11]

Fourth United States Army
The Fourth United States Army has no combat record. It remained in the Continental United States during World War II, largely responsible for the defense of the West Coast.[13]

The Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) disseminated false information about where the occupant bodies were taken to, in their report to officials. They documented that the alien bodies were dispersed to Roswell Field hospital, Los Alamos, Wright Field, Randolf Field, etc.[10]

Although the bodies may have passed through these locations at some point, General Thomas T. Handy, commander of the Fourth United States Army, was employed to oversee that the UFO occupants were transferred[10] to a secret permanent secure location. After September 1947, all of the UFO occupants were secured at “Site Able”, now Manzano Base.

For the record

  • Wright-Patterson / Hangar 18 did not house aliens. The base studied advanced technologies.
  • Area 51 did not house aliens. The base experimented with advanced technologies.

Due to national security concerns, the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) reported to officials that all the aliens retrieved from Corona were dead. The CIC falsified the number of UFOs, the number of occupants, and their vitality statistics.[10] Thus the confusion, and inconsistent information in Roswell research.[14]

The security of Manzano Base expanded under the authority of Los Alamos and Sandia Base, all connected to the nearby Dulce Base Complex.

Trinity (L2)

Detection of a high altitude explosion occurred on 04 July 1947, over White Sands, confirmed by Alamogordo Field (now Holloman AFB) radar surge. It’s believed that an X-plane from Alamogordo Field had gone down near the Trinity nuclear test site.[11]

Alamogordo 9393 Technical Service Unit went to investigate,[10] when they unexpectantly found a UFO debris field at Lat. 33-40-31 lat, Long. 106-28-29. Trinity (L2) yielded the most material for analysis.

Chief Scientist Ernst Steinhoff, a member of the "von Braun rocket group", who was stationed at Alamogordo/Holloman,[15] was involved in examining the Trinity UFO.[10]

It was determined that the power plant was some type of magnetic drive propulsion powered by what appeared to be a fusion reactor of sorts.

Like the other UFO discs, the Trinity UFO lacked wiring, fuel systems, cables, motors, hydraulics, intakes, exhaust, and surface controls.[11]

Meanwhile, Roswell Field gets a call from Roswell Sheriff Wilcox, three days after the Trinity event, about some local rancher having found a “flying disc”.


  1. 1.0 1.1 ACI—Assessment of the Situation, document no. 405389, p.13-15
  2. TRF, Colonel Blanchard
  3. Wikipedia, 1947 in radio
  4. Wikipedia, Roswell UFO incident#Events of 1947
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Associated Press (AP), Main Roswell Story -- July 9
  6. Gildenberg, B.D. (2003). "A Roswell requiem". Skeptic. 10 (1): 60.
  7. Jesse Marcel, Roswell Witness and First On the Scene, In His Own Words, February 7, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 ufocasebook, Foster Ranch by Anthony Bragalia, 12/8/2009
  9. Crash at Corona, Definitive Study ed, Preface to the Paperback Edition. 1994, by Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Intelligence Assessment, file ref. 00194712_-A.1206. 1960, p. 4-6 (Operation MAJ 1960)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 "MAJ Intelligence Committee, 1st Annual Report". 1952. p. 5-9.  (MAJ Report 1952)
  12. BBS, Roswell, 02 Feb. 1990
  13. Wikipedia, Fourth United States Army#History
  14. Crashes & Retrievals in New Mexico 1945–1948. 2017, by Chuck Wayde
  15. White Sands Missile Range Hall of Fame, Dr. Ernst Steinhoff