THE ROSWELL INCIDENT
the first week of July 1947, something crashed near Roswell during
a severe thunderstorm. The next morning, rancher Mack Brazel, while checking
on his sheep herd, noticed unusual debris scattered over a large area.
He also came across a shallow trench, several hundred feet long, had been
gouged into the land. Suspecting that he may have come across wreckage
from a UFO or a government project he reported the wreckage to authorities.
This debris was later gathered up by the military from the Roswell Army
Air Field under the direction of base intelligence officer Major Jesse
Marcel. The debris site was closed to the public until the wreckage was
cleared. On July 8, 1947, public information officer Lt. Walter Haut issued
a press release under orders from base commander Col. William Blanchard
reporting that they had recovered wreckage from a large saucer-like object.
AP Wire reported: "The Army Air Forces here today announced a flying disk
had been found"
Hours later the first press release was rescinded and the second press
release stated that the 509th Bomb Group had mistakenly identified a weather
balloon as wreckage of a flying saucer was issued July 9, 1947. AP's follow-up
press release stated: "Reports of flying saucers whizzing through the sky
fell off sharply today as the army and the navy began a concentrated campaign
to stop the rumors."
From other sources there were even reports of the recovery of alien
bodies. Glenn Dennis, a young mortician working at the Ballard Funeral
Home, received a request from the morgue at the military air field. The
Mortuary Officer requested hermetically sealed coffins, and wanted information
about how to preserve bodies that had been exposed to the elements for
a few days, without contaminating the tissue. He was refused entry to the
base hospital but nurse told him about strange bodies and drew pictures
of them. Within a few days she was transferred to England.
This Roswell Incident, the crash of an alleged flying saucer, the recovery
of debris and bodies and the ensuing "cover up" by the military was of
such magnitude and so shrouded in mystery, that it has been the centre
of a media frenzy: books, TV documentaries, movies, and furious debate
between witnesses and believers and skeptics. It was natural then that
a Roswell UFO Museum and Research centre would become a major attraction.
The Museum is located in the centre of Roswell at:
114 N. Main, Roswell, NM 88203 ~ Phone: 575-625-9495 ~ Website:
People from around the world travel to Roswell to visit the Museum and
Research Centre. The exhibits include information on Roswell, crop circles,
sightings, Area 51, ancient astronauts and abductions. Organizers have
purposely designed the museum exhibits to take the subject seriously and
to generate curiosity in the visitors. The city of Rosville has tapped
into this phenonemon with gusto and visitors will find images of aliens
and flying saucers everywhere: lamp posts, billboards, marquees, murals,
advertising, souvenirs, window displays, store fronts, etc. There is even
an annual Roswell UFO Festival which features parades, carnivals, trade
shows, UFO lectures, alien costume contests, fireworks, and celebrity guests.