General Roger Ramey (left) and Colonel Thomas J. Dubose (right) examine
debris from the Roswell crash on July 8, 1947. Note the telegram in
Ramey's hand and also notice he is wearing a full dress uniform during
July in New Mexico with no air conditioning. The original photo was
taken by J. Bond Johnson.
courtesy Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photograph Collection,
Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington
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taken of some of the Roswell debris
have caused a bit of confusion
about the whole incident. Various conflicting statements about these
have bounced around like ping-pong balls.
Some of the principal
people involved in taking these
photos are still alive. We had an opportunity to meet with and speak to
the photographers, J. Bond Johnson, about the photos. His statements,
with some investigation and observation, leads us to this summary of
On the afternoon of
Tuesday July 8, 1947, Bond Johnson,
then a young reporter for the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, was told to go
General Ramey' s office with his camera and take some pictures. When he
the general' s office he saw the floor covered with debris of some
Johnson used a Speed-Graphic camera and took a total of eight
the two-sided film plates.
Johnson recalls that
the debris was pretty plain looking
and not very exotic. This leads many critics to claim that it could not
possibly have come from a high tech, space-traveling vehicle. However,
Rover and Lunar Lander are pretty ordinary looking also. If one of them
they would also look like a pile of ordinary junk.
Bond Johnson later
became Colonel Bond Johnson and served
four tours of duty at the U.S. Pentagon. Johnson states clearly that
he photographed was not a weather balloon. He also remembers that the
filled the room with a strong, burned smell. Everyone who entered
office remembers the strong odor from the debris. Bond says the photos
were of the real debris. If there was a switch for subsequent photos it
occurred after he left.
After fifty years
Johnson got a bug under his saddle to
go back and look at the original photographic plates. He had not seen
plates since that fateful day of July 8, 1947. Not only that, Johnson
last civilian to ever see the Roswell
crashed flying-saucer debris.
So Johnson left his
home in Southern California and went
down to the University
where the original plates had been stored. With special permission,
able to examine the original plates and have photographic copies made
them. Inexplicably, one of the original plates was missing and no one
where it was.
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When Johnson returned
he invited MUFON investigators
Ron Regehr and Debbie Stock to examine the photos he had brought back.
made an amazing discovery that had been completely overlooked for fifty
One of the photos clearly shows General Roger Ramey kneeling next to
with a piece of paper in his hand. Enlarging the photo allowed the
to actually read parts of the telegram!
Johnson, Regehr, and
Stock hired six separate teams of
experts to blow up and examine the telegram in Ramey' s hand. All six
pretty much concluded the same thing.
Besides being able to
read the Western Union
mark on the telegram, the telegram mentions the
"victims" of a second crash site. It also contains the words:
"crash story," and "weather balloons." Here are exactly the
words that the researchers were able to see on the telegram:
...4 HRS THE VICTIMS
YOU FORWARDED TO
POWERS ARE NEEDED SITE
MAGDALENA, N MEX.
STORY AND MISSION...WEATHER
BALLOONS SENT ON
No need to take my
word for it. You can order a copy of
the photo yourself, just as I have. A 16 by 20-inch print from the
photographic plate taken by J. Bond Johnson is available for $25 by
Arlington, Texas 76019-0497
Phone: (817) 272-3393
Fax: (817) 272-3360
In an interview
appearing in the November 24, 1991
edition of Florida Today, Thomas DuBose, now a retired general, stated
material Ramey had photographed and displayed to the press later was a
balloon and that he (DuBose) had already transferred the real debris to
lead-lined pouch which was sent to Washington D.C. Other sources quote
as saying there was no switch. The material was not changed, only the
Bond Johnson, photographer of the Roswell crash debris shows author
Harold Burt remarkable details later discovered in the original photos.
Johnson was the last civilian to see the crash debris.
(Photo courtesy J. Bond Johnso and Debbie Stock)
It bears repeating
that both Johnson and DuBose agree on
the following points:
1. No one knew what
the real debris was, but they knew it
was from something we didn' t make.
2. They knew it was
not a weather balloon. Both men were
experts at identifying weather balloons and radar arrays; Bond had been
colonel and Dubose a general.
3. Major Jesse Marcel
was in General Ramey' s office when
the first photos were taken and he appears in several of them.
4. In the initial
photographs General Ramey appears in
full dress uniform, with hat. This was in July in the middle of the
no air conditioning! The reason for this was because Ramey knew this
from a real flying saucer and the picture of him with it would be seen
throughout the world.
5. In a recent
interview Walter Haut told author and UFO Encounters TV show host Bill
Birnes that there was absolutely no question about the fact that the
from a flying saucer and not a weather balloon.
Walter Haut also told me the same thing when I interviewed him in person at Roswell in 1998.
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