Main Crash Site Timeline
The main crash site at Roswell. More than two dozen civilians saw
military activity at this site. (©1997 Wliilim L. McDonald)
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July 1, 1947
at White Sands, Alamogordo, and
Roswell, New Mexico track high-speed objects on radar, all flying at
well above what current jet fighters were capable of doing. With the
blips penetrating highly secure air space at will, all three facilities
July 2, 1947
disk-shaped craft flying over Roswell.
come in from the public. The number of radar blips increase. Now there
almost a constant presence of the unidentified objects showing on radar.
July 4, 1947
Late at night during a
tremendous thunderstorm, a
fast-moving object disappears from military radar screens and local
hear a loud, unusual explosion and watch an object traveling overhead
into the desert. Radar operator Steve Arnold watches a blip on the
pulsate, enlarge, and then explode, disappearing from the screen.
Blanchard thinks an enemy aircraft has
penetrated the defense systems and has crashed nearby. He immediately
a team to investigate the crash. Blanchard desperately wants to know
of aircraft could make hairpin turns at three thousand miles per hour,
just had witnessed on the radar screens.
July 5, 1947
About 4:00 a.m. the
military team reaches the
still-smoldering wreckage. They call local sheriff George Wilcox and
to send out the fire department.
Among the military
team members is Steve Arnold and what
he sees amazes him. The craft was still almost completely intact and
buried in the sand as the result of a terrific impact. By comparison, Arnold
feels an airplane
would have been completely demolished. The craft appeared to be
crescent-shaped, or like a rounded delta shape. Arnold sees
several small, dark-gray bodies
sprawled on the sand near the craft. He also sees another one near an
in the craft. Arnold
initially thinks it must be some kind of secret Russian craft.
One being is still
alive. It tries to run away. Some of
the soldiers yell at it to stop running, while at the same time locking
into the chambers of their guns. They end up firing on and killing the
Immediately after the alien is shot, an officer turns to Arnold
and tells him to prevent a group of
civilians who have shown up from getting any closer to the craft and
Fireman Steve Dwyer
arrives with the Roswell fire
department. He too sees the
strange, crashed craft and alien bodies. As one is being carried right
on a stretcher, Dwyer gets close enough to look down into the alien
eyes. Dwyer gets some kind of mental information from the being telling
knows it is dying.
A number of private
citizens report that the downed craft
crashed into the side of a ravine, about 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. Saturday
These people include:
An archaeologist from Texas
he is on a field trip with a
group of students. At first Holden thinks it' s a plane and sends one
student to go call the local sheriff. Holden and the others see three
bodies, two outside the craft and one still inside they can see through
in the body of the craft. When the military arrived, the entire group
escorted to the Roswell Army Air Base, where they were detained and
told not to
talk about the incident.
Later that same day
Holden ran into another scientist in Roswell, Dr. C.
Schultz, a paleontologist who had been working in the area. Holden told
what he had seen. Schultz was impressed enough that he recorded his
with Holden in his personal diary. Holden later confirmed in an
he had in fact been at the site of the crash. Holden is a credible
had been the Chairman of the Department of History and Anthropology at
Tech. Holden died in 1993 at the age of ninety-four.
Along with his friend
Trudy Truelove, Ragsdale said he
saw the craft roar overhead about 11:30 p.m. the night before when they
camping. They got in their jeep and drove into the desert to find out
crashed. They found the craft stuck in the side of a small hill. It
unusual and they thought it was an experimental military craft. They
see any movement in their flashlight beam, so they decided to leave and
back in the morning.
When they went back
the next day they could see the craft
more clearly. It looked like an airplane with little crescent-shaped
front end was collapsed, but the rear part was intact. They also saw
bodies "about four or five feet long É they looked like midgets."
They both picked up pieces of debris. As Ragsdale said, "You could take
that stuff and wad it up and it would straighten itself out."
Shortly thereafter the
military showed up in force with
six or seven trucks and a staff car. Ragsdale and Truelove were afraid
would get in trouble, so they threw down the pieces they had picked up
They stayed hidden while they watched the military completely clear
pick up every piece of debris and the bodies. Ragsdale said they even
ground afterward. Ragsdale' s story has been confirmed by other family
Gonzalez was one of
the men assigned to guard the site.
In an interview years later he recalled seeing small bodies with eyes
larger than human eyes and a slightly enlarged head.
The man in charge of
the MPs who were guarding the site
during clean-up, Easley said he told his men to surround the ship with
backs to it. He told them not to let anyone come near it unless they
He has signed a sworn
affidavit stating his experience in
affair. He had been stationed at Roswell Army Air Base. On July 2, 1947
told to report to White Sands where he monitored the fast-moving disks
over the area. On July 5, while back at Roswell,
he was told to go out to the crash site, immediately, along with a
When they got there
MacKenzie said they just stood there
staring at the crashed object because they realized it was one of the
they had been tracking on radar and had watched it disappear from the
MacKenzie said, "We were all smoking cigarettes and talking about how
the hell we were going to handle this thing. We were all concerned and
scared." MacKenzie also confirmed that the Army completely cleaned the
site, even using vacuum cleaners to complete the job.
said he saw four small bodies, one
still inside the craft sprawled across a seat. He later learned there
fifth body at the crash site.
When the military
arrives they discover five alien bodies
at this, the main-impact site. Melvin E. Brown, a soldier on guard, is
get inside a truck with the recovered bodies. Although he is told not
lifts a tarp covering the bodies and sees them. He later stated that
small with large heads and odd-colored skin.
Years later in an
interview with physicist Stanton
Friedman, an Army Air Force photographer who Friedman identifies as
that in July of 1947 he was stationed at Anacostia Naval Air Station in
He also made the following statement:
One morning (in July
1947) they came in and they said,
"Pack up your bags and we' ll have the cameras there, ready for you."
(They were then flown to Roswell Army Air Base.)
We got in a staff car and we headed out about an hour
and a half we was headin' north.
got out there and there was a helluva lot of people out there, in a
tent. All kinds of brass runnin'
around. And, they was tellin'
what to do; shoot this, shoot that!
There was four bodies
I could see when the flash went off. I remember they was thin and looked like they had too big a head.
Someone calls Sheriff
George Wilcox in Roswell and
tells him about the crash. Wilcox
sends out several members of the local fire department to the main
At this point, this is the only crash site that has been reported.
The local mortician in
Glenn Dennis, receives three phone
calls from the Air Base asking him about the availability of small,
coffins. He is also asked about various chemicals and their effects on
tissue. He is then asked about how to prepare a body that has been
in the desert.
Dennis also operated
the local ambulance service. Later
that day he transports an injured soldier to Roswell Army Air Base.
around the loading dock in the back of the hospital, he sees a lot of
activity. Two military officers, obviously upset at seeing him there,
him and threaten him. They tell Dennis, "If you open your mouth, we' ll
picking your bones out of the sand."The alien bodies
arrive at the hospital and are
pronounced dead by Dr. Jesse Johnson.
Glenn Dennis at age 22
Glenn Dennis' description of the alien beings he saw dead
at Roswell Army Air Base in 1947. They head little suction cups
on the ends of each finger.
1998 I had the opportunity to go to Roswell New Mexico and spend a week
doing research during the week of the 51st anniversary of the Roswell
crash. I spent some time alone with Glenn Dennis and he filled in some
details from a personal standpoint that are often overlooked. Here is
what he told me:
he time he
received the call from the Army Air Base, he was only 22 years old. His
boss was out of the office running an errand. The request for a
child-sized casket was extremely unusual and he wanted to make sure
he understood correctly what they were asking for, as he was
afraid his boss would chew him out. The request was unusual because
this was the most secure and highly classified air base in the
world at the time. Roswell Army Air base was the base that launched the
planes that dropped the atomic bombs in World War II, just two years
earlier. There were NEVER any children allowed on the base. And,
they were asking for multiple child-sized caskets. So Dennis was
thinking, was it a school bus accident? And if so, why would they take
the kids to the Air Base? He knew that something very unusual was going
on when they asked for those caskets. He also confirmed that he did
indeed see dead alien bodies. The impact is much greater when you hear
the minute detail that can only come from a person that was actually
Glenn Dennis as he appeared when I met him in 1998.
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