The Roswell Incident
JUST THE FACTS

The evening of July 4, 1947 was dark and stormy in the high desert near Roswell, N.M. Several Roswell residents reported seeing a bright, fiery object crash in the Capitan Mountains, 50 miles west of Roswell that night. It is said that the object was tracked by radar, and the military quickly moved in, blocked off the area and cleared the debris.

Unknown to the military, W.W. "Mac" Brazel, foreman at the J.B. Foster sheep ranch, and his friend, Will Proctor, were said to have already found another field of debris in a pasture 85 miles northwest of Roswell. The debris was strewn across an area approximately three-quarters of a mile long and a few hundred feet wide. Scattered among the debris, Brazel and Proctor found [classified] and small bits of metal resembling tin foil, but when the metal was crumpled it would spring back to its original form. They also attempted to set it on fire, but the material would not burn. Along with the metal, they described weightless I-beam-like structures that measured 3/8" x 1/4" and would neither bend nor break. Some of these I-beams had indecipherable characters along the length, in two colors. Brazel contacted [classified] County Sheriff [classified] about the material he found. [classified] notified officers at Roswell Army Air Field, home of the 509th Bomb Group, who investigated the situation.

Meanwhile, Glenn Dennis, a mortician working at [classified] Funeral Home, states he received a call from the Air Field requesting a number of hermetically-sealed, child-sized caskets and asking questions about the effect of embalming fluid on tissue and blood.

Later that day, Mr. Dennis drove to the base hospital and claims to have seen large pieces from a wreckage. He said there were strange engravings on a piece that was sticking out of a military ambulance. He also reported encountering a hysterical nurse on the base who witnessed the examination of alien creatures. She told him about the bodies and drew pictures of them on a prescription pad. Within a few days she was allegedly transferred to England. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

On July 8, Lt. Walter G. Haut was serving as Public Relations Officer at the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF). Under orders from Col. [classified], the Commander of the [classified] Bomb Group at Roswell, Haut wrote and distributed the press release that spawned a front-page article in the evening edition of the Roswell Daily Record on July 8, 1947. The article was headlined, "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region."

Hours later the first press release was rescinded, and a second press release was written, stating that the [classified] Bomb Group had mistakenly identified a weather balloon as wreckage of a flying saucer.

Perceived saucer path
   Site of impact

On July 9, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record reported in an article titled, "Harassed Rancher Who Located 'Saucer' Sorry He Told About It" that Brazel allegedly found the debris on June 14, and he had also found weather observation balloons on two other occasions, but what he found this time did not resemble the previous balloons he found. He said that [classified][classified] [classified].

The military allegedly threatened local residents with death or imprisonment if they spoke about what they had seen and heard of the flying saucer, the wreckage and the alien bodies. Yet stories about aliens and flying saucers lived on, as numerous books and articles were published and movies were produced.

In June 1997, fifty years after the events at Roswell, the United States Air Force (USAF) came forward with a second weather balloon explanation – it was a secret weather balloon designed to detect Soviet nuclear testing. The Air Force also stated that the alleged aliens were actually crash test dummies used in high-altitude parachute drops.

No one really knows what crashed in Roswell during 1947. The government insists, to this day, that it was a weather balloon, but many disagree. The incident is an ever-unfolding mystery, much bigger than the sum of its parts.

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