Marcel claimed he was an aid to Gen. Hap Arnold and that it was Hap Arnold who decided he
should go to intelligence school. (Pratt)
Marcel applied for an appointment as a second lieutenant when he was still working for
Shell Oil Co. His first assignment in the military was as a student at the Army Air Forces
Intelligence School (AAFIS) in Harrisburg, Pa. The decision to send him to intelligence
school had been made prior to his entering the service. His records do not show any assignments
that might have had him working with or for General Arnold prior to December of 1948.
Marcel claimed that he had been awarded five Air Medals.
Marcel was awarded two Air Medals. There is nothing in the wording of
the medal citations that
He shot down five enemy airplanes.
There is absolutely no evidence in his personnel file (almost 200 pages) which supports
him shooting down even one enemy airplane.
Marcel claimed that he didn't find out about his promotion to Lt. Col in the Reserves
until after he left the service because "They kept me so busy I never looked at my
Marcel applied for the promotion of Lt. Col. in a letter from him to the commanding
officer of the 509th bomb group on 29 Oct 47. By letter dated 20 Nov 47, Marcel was
informed that his REQUESTED promotion in the reserves was approved but that it would be
canceled unless he accepted it by signing the oath "within a reasonable time".
Marcel signed the oath on 1 Dec 47 thereby
accepting the appointment officially!
Marcel claimed that he had a bachelor's degree in physics from George Washington
University and had attended universities LSU, NYU, and OSU.
Marcel initially claimed on forms in his personnel file that he had attended LSU for one
year as a non-credit student. This later grew to one and a half years.
LSU has no records of Marcel, although they
do have records of his son.
GWU has no record of his ever attending let
alone graduating with a degree in physics. At the request of Robert Todd, they conducted a
second search with the same results.
Marcel claimed he was transferred to Washington during the latter part of 1947. This
statement is frequently used, along with the promotion in the reserves, by some people as
back up for the claim that his superiors were giving him extra responsibility right after
the Roswell incident.
Marcel was transferred to SAC Hq on 16 Aug 48.
Marcel claimed that "I wrote the very report President Truman read on the air
declaring that Russia had exploded an atomic device."
Truman didn't read any report on radio about this.
Further, Top Secret records from AFOAT-1 do
not include Marcel's name anywhere in the records reporting the Soviet A-Bomb explosion.
The copy of the White House statement shows no evidence that Marcel had anything to do
with it either.
Marcel claimed in the movie "UFOs Are Real" that the newsmen in
General Ramey's office wanted him to tell them about it but "I couldn't say anything.
And, when the General came in, he told me not to say anything - that he would handle
(Friedman came on next and claimed that
"We have verified every statement by Jesse Marcel.")
J. Bond Johnson, the reporter for the Fort Worth Morning Star wrote "...according to
Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, Houma, La..." and "...Maj Jesse Marcel related..."
The article contains info which would have
had to come from Marcel.
"General Ramey allowed some members of the press in to take a picture of the stuff.
They took one picture of me on the floor holding up some of the less-interesting metallic
debris. The press was allowed to photograph this, but were not allowed far enough into the
room to touch it. The stuff in that photo was pieces of the actual stuff we found. It was
not a staged photo. Later, they cleared out our wreckage and substituted some of their
own. They they allowed more photos. Those photos were taken while the actual wreckage was
already on its way to Wright Field. I was not in these. I believe these were taken with
the general and one of his aids."
The photo of Jesse Marcel is taken with a radar target and all the photos show the same
Further, there was no way for General Ramey
to have gotten a non-pigmented weather balloon that had been out in the sun for three
weeks in that short of a time. Further, the Fort Worth AAF and Roswell AAF weren't using
those weather balloons or targets so where did he get one from anyway? They didn't even
have the radars to use the targets with if they had managed to get one.
The debris in the photo of Jesse Marcel
shows debris that matches what was described by Mac Brazel in the RDR.
"The newsmen saw very little of the
real material, very small portion of it. And none of the really important things like
these members that had these hieroglyphics on them. They (the newsmen) wanted me to tell
them about it and I couldn't say anything. And when the General came in, he told me
not to to
say anything - that he would handle it." (UFOs are Real, May 1979)
Statement Marcel made that was cut from the
flick: "As far as newspeople, I never talked to any of them." (See comment about
J. Bond Johnson's articles)