Roswell Witnesses, Roswell Actors

– by Don Ecsedy, March 7, 2013

The difficulty with the Witness Era is that on July 8, 1947, the local radio stations broadcast news bulletins beginning at noon, and upon receiving the press release story over the wire, broadcast that, beginning around 2:30. About an hour later, the Roswell Daily Record was on the streets with the story of the noon announcement, the Wilmot sighting, and a series of short interviews with 13 Roswell residents about their opinions regarding flying saucers (including Dan Wilmot). During the two and a half hours the story was told locally before the story broke nationally, telephone service in the area was jammed as locals called the Sheriffs Department, radio stations, newspapers, and the RAAF. This intense and unique local news cycle guaranteed many people would recall something about a crashed flying saucer in the Roswell area. There was a potential witness pool of thirty thousand people in and around the town of Roswell including the Roswell Army Air Field.

Because their recollections are at least thirty years old, we have to be cautious in vetting their accounts. Also, I do not have access to the raw interview material if it has not been published, and therefore cannot analyze those statements.

A subset of Roswell witnesses are the Roswell ‘actors’ — those who were named or referred to in the news stories (excluding those of the 8th Army Air Force in Ft Worth, or AAF officers at the Pentagon). They are:

Lincoln County: Mac Brazel, Maggie Brazel, Bessie Brazel, Vern Brazel, Hollis Wilson, and an unknown UP source in Carrizozo.

Chaves County Sheriffs: Sheriff George Wilcox, Deputy Sheriff B. A. Clark

Roswell newsmen: George Walsh (KSWS), Walt Whitmore Sr. (KGFL)

AP newsmen: Jason Kellahin, Robin Adair

RAAF officers and men: Colonel Blanchard, Major Marcel, Lt Haut, and two others, the man in civilian or plain clothes, and the enlisted man. The first is believed to have been CIC SA Cavitt, and the other CIC SA Rickett

There are Witness Era statements from Bessie Brazel, George Walsh, Jason Kellahin, Robin Adair, Major Marcel, Lt Haut, Cavitt, and Rickett. Most of the others had died before the Witness Era. Of those eight persons, four were members of the Army Air Forces, and two of them were Counter Intelligence Corps Special Agents. All four give evidence of having withheld or altered information about Roswell, Bessie Brazel was a child, Jason Kellahin and Robin Adair were only involved in the very last part of the story, the Brazel interview. This leaves George Walsh as the key witness for the events of July 8, 1947 in Roswell town. I will use his 1993 affidavit and his biographical interview in the Los Angeles Times, 2000, as the main source outside of the news stories themselves.