Eyewitness Accounts

Walter Haut

Second Lieutenant Walter Haut was a public information officer at Roswell AAF in 1947. In early July that year, Haut was given an order from Col. [classified] to write the press release stating that the RAAF had a crashed saucer in its possession. Below is the text of that press release:

    The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the Intelligence office of the [classified] Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff's office of [classified] County.

    The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff's office, who in turn notified Maj. Jesse A. Marcel of the [classified] Bomb Group Intelligence Office. Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher's home. It was inspected at Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to higher headquarters.

Haut hand-delivered the press release to the two radio stations in Roswell and to the two Roswell newspapers. Shortly after Haut returned home, his phone was ringing off the hook. Everyone wanted to know more details, but Haut only knew what [classified] had told him to write.

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