The Roswell Legacy; the son of the first military officer at the 1947 crash site tells his father’s story—and his own.
Jesse Marcel, Jr.
Helena, Montana: Big Sky Press, 2007, 182pp. $14.99. This is Marcel's web site
I’ve had this on pre-order for some time. It showed up yesterday. I read it last night. This is not an accomplishment as the book is a slim trade
paperback at 182 pages with rather large type. In some ways this book is an essential piece of the Roswell story; in some ways it is a disappointment.
Marcel started this book while in Iraq as a Colonel and flight surgeon. At nearly seventy years old he was called up out of retirement from the
National Guard to spend a tour there. He says it was the recognition of his own mortality that made him write the book to ‘correct the record.’
Inevitably there will be those who say he wrote the book 'to make money' as if that discounts his experiences. As a retired Ear, Nose, and Throat
specialist and MD, he doesn't need the money. I doubt very much if this book will make the bestseller lists. If he's lucky he might be able to
squeeze a new car out of the deal, but that's about it.
I think it is fair to say that Marcel Jr’s main reason for writing this book is to ‘clear his father’s name’ of some of the slander he says
has been heaped in his family’s path. He does not provide examples, but simply says it has happened. He then proceeds to show how accomplished his
father was, printing Sr’s diploma from radar school not once, but twice, and also pointing out and proving he was asked to be on the faculty of the
school after graduation, a great honor for the best students. This is to show that there is no way Marcel, Sr. could mistake a radar balloon for a
flying disc. Although he details Marcel Sr’s early life which led him to his position at Roswell, he doesn’t cover his career afterwards at all.
He does recount in detail the night his father brought home the debris and how excited he was. In this case Marcel, Jr. is providing primary source
material for what he saw himself that night. To many of us it is a familiar story, but it’s in his own words.
His story of his and his father’s experiences in 1947 has probably been told in more detail elsewhere. Indeed, Jr. sticks to his own observations of
his father and does not speculate on what happened ‘at the base’ where he didn’t go himself. He then proceeds to tackle the Mogul Balloon theory
and shows, at least to his own satisfaction, how it could not have been one. The Mogul theory has been debunked before and Marcel basically repeats
it. He pays particular attention to Dr. Charles Moore, who he says mis-represented what Marcel said. He also has a chapter by his wife, Linda, on what
she experienced in their own life, where she says Sr. talked to her alone about the craft being “not of this earth.” Marcel then discusses the
Minuteman missile incidents in Montana, which really aren’t a part of the Roswell story at all. Perhaps his close proximity to the bases was
particularly interesting to him. The rest of the book devolves into the “It’s a Big Universe” story and then into his own speculations. He
probably could have kept the book to half its length if he had skipped the irrelevant parts, but then he would not have had a book-length manuscript,
which is stretching the point as it is anyway.
His only description of Marcel Sr’s later life is to say that both his parents turned into alcoholics and became estranged after the events at
Roswell. He obviously blames this on the Roswell events and subsequent cover up. It would have been nice and appropriate if Jr. had discussed his
father’s life after Rowell, but that did not happen.
However, the most interesting part of his story is his description of what his family experienced after Roswell. Every time the subject of Roswell
came up when he had visitors, he would receive mysterious phone calls where no one spoke. When he was gone his wife would receive phone calls from
people who would not leave their name, but asked where he was, when he was expected back, and to have him call them back. When he did, the number was
disconnected. It appears that he was both tracked and bugged. Probably the most intriguing incident was when he was called to the ‘Capitol
building” while in Washington, D.C. for a conference. He will not name the official, but says he was interviewed in a secure room where this person
had a copy of Strieber’s ‘Majestic’ and said it was real. Marcel told his story to this man, who said he was investigating the ‘Black
Government’ and asked if Marcel were ever threatened with harm. Marcel assured him he had not been, but the man gave him contact information and
told him to contact the numbers he was given if ever he was threatened. Marcel then goes on a bit of a Secret Government NWO rant which would fit in
quite well on ATS.
Interestingly, there is no 'disc' in this tale. the Marcels saw debris that consisted of aluminum-foil like material that sprang back to shape and
seemed indestructible. They found I-beams with symbols on them, and they foiund what seemed to be bakelite-like material. That was the exent of the
debris field; the disc crashed some miles away. Marcel does not speak of it.
For the serious Roswell collector this is essential material. Those on a budget might want to wait for Timothy Good's new book: Need to know,
UFOs, the military, and Intelligence
due out momentarily.
[edit on 7/21/2007 by schuyler]