DATE: December 26, 2002
WITNESS: Chris Xxxxxx
NOTARY: Beverlee Morgan
(1) My name is Walter
(2) I was born on June
(3) My address is 1405
W. 7th Street, Roswell, NM 88203
(4) I am retired.
(5) In July, 1947, I
was stationed at the Roswell Army Air Base in Roswell, New Mexico,
serving as the base Public Information Officer. I had spent the
4th of July weekend (Saturday, the 5th, and Sunday, the 6th) at my
private residence about 10 miles north of the base, which was located
south of town.
(6) I was aware that
someone had reported the remains of a downed vehicle by midmorning
after my return to duty at the base on Monday, July 7. I was
aware that Major Jesse A. Marcel, head of intelligence, was sent by the
base commander, Col. William Blanchard, to investigate.
(7) By late in the
afternoon that same day, I would learn that additional civilian reports
came in regarding a second site just north of Roswell. I would
spend the better part of the day attending to my regular duties hearing
little if anything more.
(8) On Tuesday morning,
July 8, I would attend the regularly scheduled staff meeting at 7:30
a.m. Besides Blanchard, Marcel;
CIC [Counterintelligence Corp] Capt. Sheridan Cavitt; Col. James I. Hopkins, the
operations officer; Lt. Col. Ulysses S. Nero, the supply officer; and
from Carswell AAF in Fort Worth, Texas, Blanchard's boss, Brig.
Gen. Roger Ramey and his chief of staff, Col. Thomas J. Dubose were
also in attendance. The main topic of
discussion was reported by Marcel and Cavitt regarding an extensive
debris field in Lincoln County approx. 75 miles NW of Roswell. A
preliminary briefing was provided by Blanchard about the second site
approx. 40 miles north of town. Samples of wreckage were passed
around the table. It was unlike any material I had or have ever
seen in my life. Pieces which resembled metal foil, paper thin
yet extremely strong, and pieces with unusual markings along their
length were handled from man to man, each voicing their opinion.
No one was able to identify the crash debris.
(9) One of the main concerns
discussed at the meeting was whether we should go public or not with
the discovery. Gen. Ramey proposed a plan, which I believe
originated from his bosses at the Pentagon. Attention needed to
be diverted from the more important site north of town by acknowledging
the other location. Too many civilians were already involved and the
press already was informed. I was
not completely informed how this would be accomplished.
(10) At approximately 9:30 a.m.
Col. Blanchard phoned my office and dictated the press release of
having in our possession a flying disc, coming from a ranch
northwest of Roswell, and Marcel flying the material to higher
headquarters. I was to deliver the news release to radio stations
KGFL and KSWS, and newspapers the Daily
Record and the Morning Dispatch.
(11) By the time the news
release hit the wire services, my office was inundated with phone calls
from around the world. Messages stacked up on my desk, and rather
than deal with the media concern, Col Blanchard suggested that I go
home and "hide out."
(12) Before leaving the base,
Col. Blanchard took me
personally to Building 84 [AKA Hangar P-3], a B-29 hangar located on
the east side of the tarmac. Upon first approaching the building,
I observed that it was under heavy guard both outside and inside.
Once inside, I was permitted from a safe distance to first observe the
object just recovered north of town. It was approx. 12 to 15 feet
in length, not quite as wide, about 6 feet high, and more of an egg
shape. Lighting was poor, but its surface did appear
metallic. No windows, portholes, wings, tail section, or landing
gear were visible.
(13) Also from a distance, I
was able to see a couple of bodies under a canvas tarpaulin. Only
the heads extended beyond the covering, and I was not able to make out
any features. The heads did appear larger than normal and the
contour of the canvas suggested the size of a 10 year old child.
At a later date in Blanchard's office, he would extend his arm about 4
feet above the floor to indicate the height.
(14) I was informed of a
temporary morgue set up to accommodate the recovered bodies.
(15) I was informed
that the wreckage was not "hot" (radioactive).
(16) Upon his return from Fort
Worth, Major Marcel described to me taking pieces of the wreckage to
Gen. Ramey's office and after returning from a map room, finding the
remains of a weather balloon and radar kite substituted while he was
out of the room. Marcel was
very upset over this situation. We would not discuss it again.
(17) I would be allowed to make
at least one visit to one of the recovery sites during the military
cleanup. I would return to the base with some of the wreckage
which I would display in my office.
(18) I was aware two separate
teams would return to each site months later for periodic searches for
any remaining evidence.
(19) I am convinced that what I
personally observed was some type of craft and its crew from outer
(20) I have not been paid nor
given anything of value to make this statement, and it is the truth to
the best of my recollection.
Signed: Walter G. Haut
December 26, 2002
Signature witnessed by:
[Source: Tom Carey &
Donald Schmitt, Witness to Roswell, 2007