Dr. Jesse Marcel died suddenly at his home today. It is believed that he was the victim of a heart attack. Dr. Marcel was the son of Col. Jesse Marcel, who was the first military officer on the scene of the Roswell UFO crash that took place in July of 1947. In a videotape made in 1979, Col. Marcel described the materials that he had found, and after his death Dr. Marcel began telling the story of the materials as his father had shown them to him when he was a boy in 1947. He recalled metal that would resume its shape if bent, and I beams that had hieroglyphics on them.
Dr. Marcel never varied from his story, offering a powerful response to the official lies and the general media's uncritical acceptance of them. He was also deeply committed to the cause of UFO disclosure, and gave freely of his time on its behalf.
He joined the US Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Renville. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis as a member of the ship's company. He retired from the Navy in 1971, earning his wings as a National Guard flight surgeion in 1981. completed my specialty training in Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. I then retired from the Navy in July of 1971 and entered private practice in Helena, Montana. I joined the Montana Army National Guard in 1973, went through helicopter flight training as a flight surgeon at Ft. Rucker, Alabama earning my wings in 1981. He was appointed State Surgeon of the State of Montana and retired from the military the second time in August of 1996 on his 60th birthday. At age 68, he was called back to active duty during the Iraqi war 68th. In recent years he had been serving as an otolaryngiologist at the Veterans Hospital in Ft. Harrison, Montana.
Dr. Marcel was 77 years old at the time of his death.
He was interviewed on Dreamland in 2007 and 2008, and the original recording of his father describing the debris was played on the program in 2011 by broadcaster and UFO expert Ralph Steiner. This programming can be accessed in our archive.