There have been many documentaries, books and movies made about the most famous UFO and EXTRATERRESTRIAL accounts surrounding the Roswell crash and the cover-up that followed it. It is only just recently that researchers are finally getting more closer to what may have actually happened.
The young scientists and researchers, Army personnel and civilians that once combed the halls of the bases and Area 51 are now aged. Their families have moved on, and they are no longer scared of the repercussions or consequences they once so feared from the government or military. These well statured and prominent figures are now coming forth to tell their accounts of what they know and what roles they played in the Roswell incident.
Many will speak in their own words and others through letter or journals passed on to family members. Some accounts come from close confidants they revealed their accounts too. But in the end, it is still words of very credible sources.
Skeptics and government officials will often deny these as stories or lies told by lonely old people looking for attention or one last glory moment. Some will be ruled as dementia or an afflicting illness that so many their age suffer from. But in the end, if all these Ex or Retired employees all have the same accounts or similar tales that they all cannot be suffering from inflictions. And there must be some truth to what they speak.
With an open mind and skepticism on the back burner, I am going to try to travel back to July 1947, through the eyes of those who were there.
In July of 1947, several witnesses in and near Roswell New Mexico, observed a disc-shaped object moving swiftly in a north-westerly direction through the sky. Some account hearing what they recall as a loud crash that sounded like some sort of airplane crashing. But due to the storm that night, they thought it was thunder or lightning strikes and never gave it a second thought until stories started to pour out and the cover-ups began.
One of the first Witness accounts comes from a rancher named Mac Brazel. Mac Brazel, A young neighbor boy, Timothy D. Proctor, and possibly his son, Vernon Brazel, rode out on horseback to move sheep. As they rode, they came upon strange debris of various sizes and chunks of metallic material. This debris was scattered upon an area about a quarter of a mile long and several hundred feet wide. From one hilltop, down the side and up another hill, and running down the other side.
Mac Brazel stated the sheep would not pass through all the debris and they had to herd them a long way around. He also stated that the debris was something he had never seen before and was extremely light and very tough.
Mac Brazel died in 1963, well before researchers started to interview witnesses to the incident. However, he was interviewed in 1947 and his accounts of debris appeared in the Roswell Daily Record on July 9, 1947. In the original interview, he said he found “bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks”.
There were 2 versions of what Mac Brazel told in interviews and they ran in the paper, it was said that the one dated July 9, 1947, was when he was escorted by the military to do the interview.
It has been well documented over the years that Mac Brazel was picked up from his ranch and taken to the house of the owner of the local Roswell radio station, KGFL, to be interviewed. A wire recording of the interview was made, but because KGFL had signed off for the day the station planned to broadcast it the next morning. Before it could be used Mac Brazel was taken into custody by members of the military police and his exclusive interview was confiscated.
(The Federal Communications Commission has never confirmed nor denied this account) They warned station personnel that the matter involved national security and should KGFL air any portion of his interview, or issue any information regarding it, they would lose their broadcasting license.
Later, Mac Brazel showed up at KGFL escorted by military officers, where he then told the “New Account or truth” about the debris found on his ranch. Mac Brazel refuted his initial story, claiming that he first found the debris Middle of June 1947 and Not on the morning of Saturday, July 5, 1947, and that it was simply a weather balloon.
This version of what happened is what appeared in the paper :
Roswell Daily Record, Wednesday, July 9, 1947:
W. W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher living 30 miles south of Corona, today told his story of finding what the army at first described as a flying disc, but the publicity which attended his find caused him to add that if he ever found anything else short of a bomb, he sure wasn’t going to say anything about it.
Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W. E. Whitmore, of the radio station, KGFL had his picture taken and gave an interview to the Record and Jason Kellahin, sent here from the Albuquerque bureau of the Associated Press to cover the story.
The picture he posed for was sent out over AP telephoto wire sending machine specially set up in the Record office by R. D. Adair, AP wire chief sent here from Albuquerque for the sole purpose of getting out his picture and that of sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel originally gave the information of his find.
Brazel related that on June 14 he and an 8-year old son, Vernon, were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J. B. Foster ranch, which he operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper, and sticks.
At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did not pay much attention to it.
But he did remark about what he had seen and on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon and a daughter, Betty, age 14, went back to the spot and gathered up quite a bit of the debris. The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if what he had found might be the remnants of one of these.
Monday he came to town to sell some wool and while here he went to see sheriff George Wilcox and “whispered kinda confidential like” that he might have found a flying disc.
Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air Field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel and a man in plain clothes accompanied him home, where they picked up the rest of the pieces of the “disk” and went to his home to try to reconstruct it.
According to Brazel they simply could not reconstruct it at all. They tried to make a kite out of it, but could not do that and could not find any way to put it back together so that it could fit.
Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and that was the last he heard of it until the story broke that he had found a flying disc.
Brazel said that he did not see it fall from the sky and did not see it before it was torn up, so he did not know the size or shape it might have been, but he thought it might have been about as large as a table top.
The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been about 12 feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area about 200 yards in diameter. When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds.
There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used for an engine and no sign of any propellers of any kind, although at least one paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil. There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction.
No strings or wire were to be found but there were some eyelets in the paper to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been used. Brazel said that he had previously found two weather observation balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in any way resemble either of these. “I am sure that what I found was not any weather observation balloon,” he said.
“But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a hard time getting me to say anything about it.”
(End of interview)
It has now been proven that the version of Mac Brazel ‘story that ran in the paper July 9, 1947, was coerced. Research and documents have surfaced to prove that there was a cover-up. Many sources recall times when Mac Brazel would still complain long after about how the sheep would not pass through the debris and they had to travel miles around to herd the sheep to the next destination.
One man, Tommy Tyree, who was a ranch hand that often worked for Mac Brazel. Has stated on the record:
“Brazel complained regularly over and over how the day he found the material scattered all over the ranch he had been forced to circle his sheep a mile or more around the area to water because they refused to cross the debris field.”
Another point made by many researchers and Confirmed by those who knew Mac Brazel, Stated that No farmer let alone Mac would ever leave that debris out there, in one of the main herding areas. They would have had it cleaned up and removed promptly. It would not be wise to endanger your source of income on what was considered garbage at the time.
Mac showed the debris to Timothy D. Proctor parents, William and Loretta Proctor, and tried to get them to go back and look at the debris field with him.
Floyd Proctor (on record) said:
“it wasn’t paper because he couldn’t cut it with his knife, and the metal was different from anything he had ever seen. He said the designs looked like the kind of stuff you would find on firecracker wrappers…some sort of figures all done up in pastels, but not writing like we would do it.”
Loretta Proctor (on record) said:
“The piece he brought looked like a kind of tan, light-brown plastic…it was very lightweight, like balsa wood. It wasn’t a large piece, maybe about four inches long, maybe just larger than a pencil.” “We cut on it with a knife and would hold a match on it, and it wouldn’t burn.
We knew it wasn’t wood. It was smooth like plastic, it didn’t have really sharp corners, kind of like a dowel stick. Kind of dark tan. It didn’t have any grain…just smooth.” “We should have gone to look at the debris field, but gas and tires were expensive then. We had our own chores, and it would have been twenty miles.”
Loretta Proctors Affidavit in 1991:
In July 1947, my neighbor William W. “Mac” Brazel came to my ranch and showed my husband and me a piece of material he said came from a large pile of debris on the property he managed.
The piece he brought was brown in color, similar to plastic. He and my husband tried to cut and burn the object, but they weren’t successful. It was extremely light in weight. I had never seen anything like it before.
“Mac,” said the other material on the property looked like aluminum foil. It was very flexible and wouldn’t crush or burn.
There was also something he described as tape which had printing on it. The color of the printing was a kind of purple. He said it wasn’t Japanese writing; from the way he described it, it sounded like it resembled hieroglyphics.
Sometime later, my husband, my brother, and one of his friends saw “Mac” in Roswell, surrounded by soldiers. He walked right by them, without speaking a word.
The Army kept him five or six days. When he got back, he said that the Army told him the object he found was a weather balloon.
“If I see another one,” he said, “I won’t report it.”
He was upset about them keeping him from home that long. He wouldn’t talk about it after he got back. “Mac” Brazel was a good neighbor, usually pretty friendly.
He was not the kind of person who would tell a lie or create a hoax.
He knew what weather balloons were like because he had found them before. The piece of material I saw did not resemble anything from a weather balloon. I had seen weather balloons before. I had never seen anything like this.
I have not been paid or given anything of value to make this statement.
It is the truth to the best of my recollection.
Signed: Loretta Proctor.
The most controversy surrounds Mac Brazels own daughter’s account of the situation.
It has been reported that his family was not with him on the ranch but were living at their home in the little town of Tularosa, near Alamogordo. The very same place that Mac would open a freezer rental warehouse business. To this day nobody has gone on record to state how he came up with the money to do this.
Yet it is interesting to note that none of Mac Brazel’s family, especially Bessie have faltered or backtracked on their accounts of that day.
Bessie Brazel (Scheiber) is on record to have said:
“There was what appeared to be pieces of heavily waxed paper and a sort of aluminum-like foil. Some of these pieces had something like numbers and lettering on them, but there were no words you were able to make out. Some of the metal-foil pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them, and when these were held to the light they showed what looked like pastel flowers or designs. Even though the stuff looked like tape it could not be peeled off or removed at all.”
“The writing looked like numbers mostly, at least I assumed them to be numbers. They were written out like you would write numbers in columns to do an addition problem. But they didn’t look like the numbers we use at all. What gave me the idea they were numbers, I guess, was the way they were all ranged out in columns.”
“No, it was definitely not a balloon. We had seen weather balloons quite a lot – both on the ground and in the air. We had even found a couple of Japanese-style balloons that had come down in the area once. We had also picked up a couple of those thin rubber weather balloons with instrument packages.
This was nothing like that. I have never seen anything resembling this sort of thing before – or since…”
(An Affidavit surfaced)
She also signed an affidavit that had additional descriptions:
“The debris looked like pieces of a large balloon which had burst. The pieces were small, the largest I remember measuring was about the same as the diameter of a basketball. Most of it was a kind of double-sided material, foil-like on one side and rubber-like on the other.
Both sides were grayish silver in color, the foil more silvery than the rubber. Sticks, like kite sticks, were attached to some of the pieces with a whitish tape. The foil-rubber material could not be torn like ordinary aluminum foil can be torn.”
“There was a lot of debris scattered sparsely over an area that seems to me now to have been about the size of a football field. There may have been additional material spread out more widely by the wind, which was blowing quite strongly.” Like Tyree, she mentioned her father mentioning a lot of debris being near a water tank and his concern that the sheep wouldn’t water there.
Bill Brazel Jr. (son of Mac) confirmed some of what Bessie said:
“There was some tinfoil and some wood and on some of the wood it had Japanese or Chinese figures.”
“There was some wooden-like particles I picked up. These were like balsa wood in weight, but a bit darker in color and much harder. This stuff … weighed nothing, yet you couldn’t scratch it with your fingernail like ordinary balsa, and you couldn’t break it either.”
“I couldn’t break it and I couldn’t whittle it with my pocketknife.”
“The odd thing about this foil was that you could wrinkle it and lay it back down and it immediately resumed its original shape. It was quite pliable, yet you couldn’t crease or bend it like ordinary metal. It was almost more like a plastic of some sort except that it was definitely metallic in nature.”
When Bill described the debris area he stated:
he saw a shallow groove, about 10 feet (3.0 m) wide, 500 feet (150 m) long, and only a foot to 18 inches (460 mm) deep, extending down to the hard shale layer underneath.
“This thing made quite a track down through there. It took a year or two for it to grass back over and heal up.”
Additional interesting notes:
At the end of the interview, Mac Brazel went back out to where his military escort was waiting, and they took him back to the base.
When he was finally released by the military, Brazel refused to say anything other than that he had found a weather balloon.
He privately complained of his treatment by the military, who he said wouldn’t even let him call his wife.
He told his children that he had taken an oath not to talk about the incident. Within a year, he moved off the ranch and into Tularosa.
There he opened a refrigerated meat locker rental establishment where people could rent lockers to keep their frozen meat in those days of few home freezers.
Mac Brazel passed away in 1963. (He never returned to the debris site after leaving the ranch).