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Editorials: The Roswell Incident
By Dennis Balthaser
70 Years and No Resolution
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Roswell UFO Incident, and for me, I am personally not satisfied with three of the four explanations we’ve been given over those 70 years. I had just moved to Roswell a year before the 50th anniversary in 1997, and the little town of Roswell was inundated with people and media from all over the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary. It’s now been another 20 years, and we still have not been given satisfactory answers, at least for me and several other researchers, pertaining to what actually happened on the ranch northwest of Roswell back then.
The first public account reported of what happened on the Foster ranch was the now famous newspaper article in the Roswell Daily Record newspaper on July 8, 1947 written by Lt. Walter Haut, under orders of the base commander Col. William Blanchard, stating in part “we have a Flying Saucer in our possession.” Was that, in fact, what was found on the ranch and if not, why would the head of the only atomic bomb group in the world, stationed at Roswell Army Air Field at the time, have such a statement issued? And if it was, in fact a flying saucer, why would it require 3 totally different excuses during the next 50 years?
The second excuse, however, took less than 24 hours, when General Ramey at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth Texas, issued a statement the next day July 9, 1947, stating, “it was nothing but a weather balloon.” It appears to me that if a cover up was needed of the original statement, that transpired extremely quick, and why would the first account have even been necessary that it was a flying saucer? Certainly a weather balloon would not have been reported in major media outlets as these two accounts were. We have records of many weather balloon launches and recoveries from several military bases in the area over this time period from the records kept on those launches by the military, but none of them were reported in the media outlets as this one was. A weather balloon launch and recovery record was not of any concern to the public. There are also a lot of unanswered questions about who actually authorized the original report that we had recovered a flying saucer. Did Col. Blanchard take it upon himself to have the account issued, or did General Ramey authorize it, or perhaps in came from Washington? For me, that question has never been resolved.
So within a few days of ranch foreman “Mack” Brazel finding the debris on his ranch and talking to Sheriff Wilcox, who got the military at Roswell Army Airfield involved, we have 2 conflicting reports. One stating it was a flying saucer, the other debunking it as a weather balloon.
The Roswell Incident was pretty well put to rest after those two accounts in July 1947, and nothing was mentioned about Roswell until 1978 when researcher Stanton Friedman located retired Major Jesse Marcel in Louisiana, and the research began again, as it’s been done ever since. With new interest and doubts about the original accounts becoming more prominent the Air Force needed to put to rest all those inquiries from researchers not accepting the original reports.
In 1994 the Air Force issued a voluminous account stating it was neither a flying saucer nor a weather balloon as originally reported, but instead was a Mogul balloon, (still a type of balloon which of course didn’t include bodies of any type, which had been mentioned by several witnesses.) Mogul balloons were high altitude balloons with equipment attached to determine if the Russians were doing any nuclear testing. Here lies the problem with that report titled, “The Roswell Report, Fact vs Fiction in the New Mexico Desert”, which consists of a 2 ¾ inch thick report prepared by the Headquarters United States Air Force. The Russians didn’t do any nuclear testing until 1949, 2 years after the Roswell Incident, so if there was no testing being done by the Russians, why listen for something that apparently didn’t exist until 2 years later. It appears that the original excuse of a weather balloon wasn’t holding up to all the questions being raised, so the Air Force needed another excuse, and decided to use the Mogul balloon theory, which of course in time wouldn’t hold up either in trying to explain what happened near Roswell on the ranch in 1947.
Finally two weeks before the 50th anniversary in 1997, the Air Force issued the fourth and final excuse we’ve had so far. I’m sure there will be another excuse sometime in the future, as I don’t see the Air Force admitting to lying for the past 70 years, since it appears they have no intention of telling the truth in my lifetime. If they did finally tell the truth that quite possibly would open the door for the military and government to be forced to admit to a lot of other things the American public has not been told the truth about over the years.
The fourth excuse was titled, “The Roswell Report, Case Closed” and like the 3rd excuse about Mogul Balloons, this was a publication by Headquarters United States Air Force. (I have in my files copies of both of these publications.) For me this final report was the worst of all 3 excuses, and in my opinion is the one where the Air Force “shot themselves in the foot”. In the report the Air Force claimed to have never talked about the bodies that witnesses had mentioned, and claimed the bodies were Anthropomorphic Crash Test dummies. Good explanation---hardly, since the dummies weren’t used until 1953, (6 years later.) Many retired and active Air Force personnel I talked to after the report was made public were totally embarrassed with this latest excuse from the Air Force. In an interview I did with ABC news shortly after the report was issued I stated, ‘it was an insult to the intelligence of the American people.”
As a side note, while I was with the UFO Museum in Roswell as a volunteer investigator from 1996 to 1998, I contacted the Space Museum in Alamogordo next to White Sands to inquire if they might have some of the dummies in storage and they did. The Space Museum agreed to letting the UFO Museum have one for display, so I went to Alamogordo obtained one, put him in my pickup truck, strapped him in the passenger seat and brought him to Roswell. There is no similarity to the size of the dummies and the bodies witnesses talked about. The dummies are about 5’ 8” tall, and weigh between 175-200 pounds due to having steel framework inside. I named him “Harold”, got him hung up, and he is still on display today at the UFO Museum.
Perhaps as we experience the 70th anniversary of Roswell, the Air Force will issue another excuse, but for me I don’t anticipate that since we are losing witnesses fast, landmarks in Roswell that were here in 1947 are being torn down, and soon there will be no references to 1947. Is that the Air Force plan---wait us out….
Dennis G. Balthazar
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