Debris Field - Timeline
The Roswell Aliens
Main Crash Site
This is the second
site, the one that most people think
of when they talk about Roswell,
but as you will see, most people's impressions are a blurred
both sites. Once again there were no bodies found at this site. It is
Saturday, July 5, 1947. This debris-field site is much farther away,
seventy-five miles of unpaved road away from Roswell. By car
it takes four and a half
hours to get to it.
July 5, 1947
Early in the morning
William (Mac) Brazel rides out on
horseback across the Foster Ranch to check on the livestock following
previous night' s thunderstorm. He is accompanied by seven-year-old
Proctor. Young Proctor goes along because he likes to ride horses. On a
point, some reports refer to Brazel as the foreman of the ranch; some
When they arrive at
the site, they discover a large
amount of strange debris strewn across the range. There is so much of
the sheep will not walk through it. They end up having to herd the
a mile around it to get them to water.
The debris consists of
pieces of lightweight material
that resemble tinfoil and pieces of very light I-beams with unknown
engraved in their sides. The debris is so unusual that Brazel gathers
bunch of it and takes it home.
interviewed many witnesses who actually
handled the material. Here is how they described it to Friedman:
"Something on the order
of tinfoil, except (it) wouldn' t
tear, you could wrinkle it and it lay it back down and it immediately
its original shape. It was pliable but
wouldn' t break, weighed nothing, but
you couldn' t scratch it with your fingernail."
William Brazel (Mac Brazel' s son)
"(Mac) had this piece
of material he had picked up. He
wanted to show it to us and wanted us to go down and see the rest of
or whatever. We cut on it with a knife and would hold a match on it
wouldn' t burn."
Loretta Proctor ( William D. Proctor' s
"Some of these pieces
had something like numbers and
lettering on them, but there were no words we were able to make out.
figures were written out like you would write numbers in columns, but
didn' t look like the numbers we use, at all."
Mrs. Besie Brazel
Schreiber ( Mac Brazel' s daughter)
"Very much like tinfoil
in appearance, but could not be
torn or cut at all É extremely light in weight. Some small beams that
appeared to be either wood or wood-like had a sort of writing on it
looked like numbers which had either been added or multiplied (in
Walt Whitmore Jr. ( Son of the owner of
Roswell Radio station KGFL)
Sunday July 6, 1947
Rancher Mac Brazel
takes a box load (load #1; remember
this fact) of the debris to county sheriff George Wilcox. This involves
of over seventy-five miles on unpaved roads, taking more than four
only reason Brazel made the long trip was to deliver this strange
After seeing the
debris Wilcox decides it is strange
enough that he should call the air base. He calls and speaks to Major
Marcel, the Roswell Army Air Base intelligence officer.
Marcel was ordered by Base Commander
William Blanchard to go out to the ranch with Brazel and take a look
This was a major endeavor (no pun intended); it' s a four-hour trip.
All for a
Major Marcel was
accompanied by Sheridan Cavitt, who was
an officer with the Counter Intelligence Corps. The men each drove
cars. It was nightfall when they arrived at Brazel' s ranch. They spent
night at the ranch in a small cottage.
Roswell Army Air Base in 1947
at the Base
While Marcel and
Cavitt are heading out to Brazel' s
ranch the following events occur:
Blanchard, who is the Roswell Army Air
Base commanding officer and Commander of the 509th Bomber Squadron, is
order by Major General Clements McMullen, Commander of the Strategic
Command. McMullen tells Blanchard to retrieve some of the debris in
Wilcox' s possession and send it immediately to Colonel Thomas DuBose
Fort Worth Army Air Field. The pieces of debris are sealed in a special
pouch and flown to Fort Worth, Texas.
At Fort Worth Army Air
Field the plane carrying the pouch
is met personally by Colonel Alan D. Clark, the Base Commander. Clark takes the pouch and walks
it over to a waiting B-26
airplane. The pouch is then attached to Col. Clarke' s wrist. Clarke,
pouch, then gets on the plane and is flown to Washington D.C.,
where it is received, again personally, by Major General McMullen. All
a weather balloon?
Monday, July 7, 1947
Brazel takes Marcel
and Cavitt to the site of the debris
field early in the morning. Debris is spread over a large area,
estimated to be
at least a square mile. Both men fill their cars with debris. One of
was a Jeep Carry-All, a kind of old-fashioned station wagon that Jeep
Note: Marcel and
Cavitt' s two loads, when combined with
the load Brazel took to Sheriff Wilcox, have already totaled three
debris. The biggest weather balloon ever used by the military at that
would easily fit into one box the size of a 19-inch television. So drop
weather balloon bit, right now!
In an interview that
Jesse Marcel gave as a retired
Colonel in 1979, he stated what he saw when he and Cavitt first arrived
"When we arrived at the
crash site it was amazing to see
the vast amount of area it covered É scattered over an area of about
three-quarters of a mile long, I would say, and fairly wide, several
feet wide. So we proceeded to pick up all the fragments we could find
up our Jeep Carry-All. It was quite obvious to me, (my) familiarity
activities, that it was not a weather balloon, nor was it an airplane
missile. It was something I had never seen before, and I was pretty
with all air activities. We loaded up the Carry-All, but I wasn' t
told Cavitt, "You drive this vehicle back to the base and I' ll go back
out there and pick up as much as I can put in the car," which I did.
we only picked up a small portion of the material that was there."
Major Jesse Marcel in 1947
Marcel held the rank
of Major at this time. World War II
had just ended two years before. These were career military men who saw
balloons everyday. Simply look at their behavior in this debris field.
no weather balloon!
Marcel and Cavitt head
back to the base. Major Marcel is
impressed enough by the recovered material that he makes a special side
his house on the way back. He arrives at 2:00 a.m. (early Tuesday
s late at night but he wakes his wife and eleven-year-old son Jesse Jr.
them the material.
Here is part of Major
Marcel' s firsthand description of
the material he showed his family:
"A lot of it had a lot
of little members with symbols that
we had to call them hieroglyphics because I could not interpret them,
could not be read, they were just symbols. Those symbols were pink
and purple, uh lavender. I even tried to burn
that. It would not burn."
"But something that is
more astonishing is that the piece
of metal that we brought back was so thin, just like tinfoil in a pack
cigarette paper. So I tried to bend the stuff, it wouldn' t bend. We
tried making a dent in it with a sixteen-pound sledgehammer. And, there
still no dent in it."
Reproduction of alien material found by Mac Brazel
Marcel Jr. grows up to become a
surgeon, a pilot, and a colonel in the military. He also becomes an
airplane crash investigator as well as Surgeon General for the State of
Jr. remembers clearly the strange properties of the material his father
him. He has never seen anything like it since.
Major Jesse Marcel Sr. in later years.
Roswell Alien Crash