Something happened in Roswell, New Mexico, 60 years ago this summer. In June or early July 1947, a farmer found strange debris while working on a ranch about 70 miles north of Roswell. He put some of it in a box and drove to the local sheriff. Neither man knew what to make of it, so the sheriff called Roswell Army Air Field, which sent two men to investigate.On July 9, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record, a newspaper, printed a story with the alarming headline: "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in RoswellRegion." Other than those facts, there appear to be few things people agree on regarding what has become known as "the Roswell incident."Six decades later, competing UFO enthusiasts promote their own theories, skeptics dismiss the spaceship claims as outrageous, and the military, which originally claimed all the fuss was over a weather balloon, now sticks to its story that it was an experimental spy craft.
resident Milton Sprouse, 85, said he knows what happened in Roswell
---- not because he favors one theory over another, but because he was
As for the outrageous stories of mysterious metal, alien corpses and a military coverup?
It's all true, he said.
From atom bombs to flyingsaucers
Before arriving at Roswell
Army Air Field in 1945 as a corporal and engine mechanic, Sprouse
already had participated in an undisputable historic event.
As a member of the 393rd
Bomb Squadron assigned to the 509th Composite Group, Sprouse worked on
the ground crew of Big Stink, one of the B-29 bombers stationed on the
Pacific island of Tinian, where the two atomic bomb missions on Japan
were launched to end World War II.
After the war, the 509th
Composite Group was reassigned to Roswell, where they were renamed the
509th Bomb Wing.
Sprouse continued to lead the ground crew of Big
Stink, which had been renamed Dave's Dream after the pilot.
"There was nothing there but tumbleweeds blowing for miles," he said about arriving at Roswell in November 1945.
Sprouse firstlearned that
something odd ......
This case has had probably the most
attention of any other case in the history of ufology. However, the case
remained buried for nearly 30 years before, slowly the code of silence was
broken which allowed researchers to start uncovering the truth.
Obviously I can only give a fraction of the
account, on this Web Site but I hope it will contain enough info for both the
experienced and the beginner. People interested in this case should read some of
the many great books, particularly the ones by Kevin Randle.
The data will be presented in timeline form:
Tuesday, July 1st 1947
A strange object is detected on the radar scopes at Roswell, White Sands and
Alamogordo. Its tremendous speed and erratic motion indicated that it is neither
a plane or a meteorite.
Wednesday, July 2, 1947
An oval object is spotted by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot as it passes over their
house in Roswell.
Thursday, July 3, 1947
Radar operator Steve MacKenzie is sent to White Sands to track the object 24
hours a day.
Friday, July 4, 1947
Warrant Officer Robert Thomas and a team of men arrive from Washington to
co-ordinate to operation of tracking and possible retrieval.
Mac Brazel as well as others report hearing a tremendous explosion.
William Woody and his father observe a flaming object fall to earth north of
Jim Ragsdale and Trudy Truelove observe a bright light crash near to their
The object which has been tracked on radar for 3 days suddenly disappears. The
retrieval team assemble and start heading for the calculated crash site.
Saturday, July 5, 1947
A sheepherder finds the remains of a crashed saucer but does not report this
until many years later.
A group of Archaeologists also find the crashed object. The phone Sheriff George
Wilcox thinking it is some from of crashed aircraft. Wilcox then inform the
local fire department who arrive at the scene shortly afterwards.
The special retrieval team locates the crashed craft, takes the names of all the
civilians on site and the escorts them away. The site is cleaned and secured
within 6 hours and 5 bodies are removed.
Mac Brazil finds strange debris in his field. The debris consists of strange
foil like substance, balsawood like beams and a strange sort of 'string'. None
of Brazels sheep will go anywhere near the debris.
Lydia Sleppy a reporter for KSWS tries to send the first 'unconfirmed' reports
of the crash over the teletype. The message is intercepted by the FBI who order
her to cease transmission.
Melvin Brown who was one of the guards in the truck transporting the bodies
claims that they were small with large heads and that their skin was an
Glenn Dennis is called by the Roswell mortuary officer and is asked several
questions relating to preserving bodies, making small caskets, and how to treat
bodies that had been exposed to the sun.
Dennis is later summoned to the base to treat an injured pilot, while he is
there is sees several ambulances and some wreckage. Dennis is then threatened by
two officers who warn him not to report anything he has witnessed.
Mac Brazel returns to the debris site and picks up some the stuff and takes it
to his neighbours, Floyd and Loretta Proctor. They suggest that he informs the
Retired Air Force veteran Milton Sprouse clearly remembers the summer day in 1947 when he returned to Roswell Army Air Field aboard the B-29 bomber Dave's Dream from a three-day maneuver in Florida. The Escondido resident, then a corporal and engine mechanic in the Army Air Forces could not believe what his ground crew was telling him: a UFO had crashed in the New Mexico desert, on a ranch 70 miles away.The story made the front page of the Roswell Daily Record: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer,” read the headline. According to the July 8 story, “the intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group atRoswell Army Air Field announced ...
that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.”The craft supposedly had been recovered after the ranch owner notified the sheriff's department, who sent Maj. Jesse Marcel and a team to investigate. “Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk,” the story stated. “After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.”
day, the paper retracted the story, claiming that the recovered object
was a weather balloon – an account the government stuck with until
1995. It was then announced that the weather ballon story had been
fabricated to cover up Project Mogul, a top-secret project involving
two-dozen high-altitude neoprene balloons designed todetect Russian
According to Sprouse, five
of his crew were called to the site to collect the remaining debris and
load it onto a flatbed truck. Sprouse was ordered to stay with Dave's
Dream in case the military should suddenly need the craft.
“I had reservations of what
all they were telling me, because each one of them told something
different,” he said. “I thought, 'I don't know.' ... Later on, when it
all started coming out in piecemeal, you could put it together and tell
what they said was true.”
As years passed, Sprouse grew more comfortable talking about the Roswell Incident.
Author and ufologist Thomas
J. Carey interviewed Sprouse three times with co-author Donald Schmitt.
Sprouse is mentioned on page 233 of their new book, “Witness to
Roswell: Unmasking the60-Ye......
As one who remains dedicated to researching the Roswell Incident, it concerns me that the International UFO Museum and Research Center and the annual Roswell UFO Festival seem to have deteriorated to an embarrassment for the city of Roswell and those of us that remain interested in obtaining the truth.In 1996 I moved to Roswell, was actively involved as a volunteer at the museum (1996-98), and helped promote the museum and the festival. Several local individuals with the purpose of having the whole community involved for the benefit of Roswell for tourism and financial benefits first organized the annual July festival in 1995.Visitor numbers for the annual event greweach year as more community involvement was added and "peaked" with the 50th anniversary in 1997.
July the number of visitors to Roswell for the annual event was
pathetically low, and no one with the UFO committee involved in
organizing this year's festival, headed up by Museum Director, Julie
Shuster, has come forward with any numbers of how few attended.
loss of revenue to the museum and the city of Roswell this year appears
to be staggering, and many believe it can be directly attributed to the
UFO committee, and the manner in which it was presented. If the Museum
and the Festival are to prosper and benefit Roswell, changes are
needed. Too much hard work has been devoted over the years in promoting
Roswell, the Museum, and Festival to let it continue on its present
The museum was established
by co-foundersGlenn Dennis, Walter Haut, and Max Littell in 1991, and
none of them had any idea that it would grow as it did the first 10
years, drawing some 200,000 visitors to Roswell each year. The founders
were also emphatic that the museum should always remain free to the
public. Under the current Museum Director and Board of Directors, that
is changing. Currently the museum has a "suggested adult admission
donation fee of $2.00", ($1.00 for 18 and under), and if in the future
the Museum decides to charge an admission fee, it will be a direct
violation of the co-founders desire for the museum to remain free to
The music concerts
scheduled for this year's festival were moved from a city park to the
fairgrounds due to the city not approving a "beer permit" for Ms
Shuster. Greed at the museum has caused the city to loose tens of
thousands of dollarsin ......