Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr. Passes August 24

One of the most outspoken people in ufology, Col. Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr., died on August 24, 2013 at home while reading a book on UFOs.  Dr. Marcel was the son of Major Jesse Marcel, Sr. who investigated the Roswell, New Mexico debris field site in 1947.

I had the opportunity to interview Jesse in 2011 when he spoke at the OZ UFO Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.  Jesse said that his father stopped at their home late one evening to show him something from "out of this world," which included a metallic substance that returned to its original shape when crumpled and could not be cut or damaged in any way.  Other items included something resembling small I-beams with strange symbols on them.  In later years, Jesse drew the symbols from memory and had replicas made of the I-beams. 

Dr. Jesse Marcel served as a flight surgeon in Iraq at the age of 68, and served two tours of duty, where he sustained injuries to his legs.  He wore braces in order to walk.  I was amazed at the man's stamina and being able to serve in the military at his advanced age, but he was a real patriot and wanted to serve his country.  He was unable to maintain his private medical practice after returning from the Iraq war.

Jesse Marcel spoke at the Citizen's Hearing on Disclosure in Washington D.C. last May, where he related his first-hand account of what he witnessed in 1947.  There were few first-hand witnesses at the hearing, and having Marcel's testimony went a long way.  He traveled the UFO circuit, speaking at conferences about the items he handled to large crowds, and he told me that he did so without repercussions from any government agency. 

Jesse Marcel witnessed a UFO: Jesse also told me that he witnessed a UFO while on his last tour in Iraq while flying in a helicopter, with a second helicopter not far away, a large ball of bright light came up between the two aircraft and remained there for a few seconds, then shot off at an enormous rate of speed.  "It wasn't one of ours," Jesse said. 

I'll put the interview up on YouTube shortly.

The Roswell Legacy: The Untold Story of the First Military Officer at the 1947 Crash Site Paperback

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