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A Survivor at Roswell: The Truth About the One that Walked Away


Jan 29, 2023

Don Schmitt has been one of many major investigators of the alleged crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. He and his colleagues have tracked down a whole lot of witnesses who declare to have details about what occurred. When placing collectively the Roswell UFO crash challenge of Open Minds Journal in 2011, we requested Don to write down us an article on the very best proof that an precise pilot of the alleged spacecraft survived. The next is the article he supplied us for the journal.

Ever for the reason that Roswell crash of a flying saucer with “little males” inside, one particular rumor has continued: that a type of “little males” truly managed to outlive the ordeal. For many of the years for the reason that 1947 Roswell crash and the following climate balloon clarification, tales about mysterious our bodies related to the crash remained, however the very notion that Earth was certainly the host to a dwelling extraterrestrial customer was past the pale of perception. However, the query remained: Did an extraterrestrial survive that ill-fated evening?

Eye-Witnesses’ Accounts of the Surviving Alien

Dan Dwyer

In 1947, Frankie Dwyer Rowe, a twelve-year-old woman, witnessed her father being threatened and warned by the army authorities for what he noticed on the Roswell crash website. Her father, now deceased, was a crew chief for the Roswell Fireplace Division on the time of the incident. When the decision got here into the hearth station that there had been an airship crash north of city, Dan Dwyer and Lee Reeves had been dispatched with the station’s “tanker” (a pickup truck with a big cylindrical water tank within the again) to the crash website. The Chavez County sheriff and a few his deputies had been additionally following up the rear in quick pursuit. Arriving simply earlier than the army would safe the scene, Dwyer and Reeves witnessed one thing completely surprising. It wasn’t an airplane in any respect, however an egg-shaped vessel of some type that they didn’t acknowledge.

And the our bodies! Dwyer might see three diminutive humanoid beings mendacity within the lee of the craft. Together with his focus riveted on the craft and the our bodies on the bottom, Dwyer observed a motion out of the nook of his eye. There, strolling in entrance of him, seemingly from out of nowhere, was one thing proper out of a science fiction novel. In accordance with the fireman, it was concerning the dimension of a ten-year-old baby, with grayish pores and skin, no hair, and a big head and eyes. Inside moments the roar of approaching autos may very well be heard because the army lastly took cost of the complete affair. The 2 firemen had been escorted away from the quick space and warned of the results if they need to ever converse of the incident. To additional show the seriousness of what was witnessed, Dwyer and his household had been paid a go to by army police that very night at their dwelling. Dwyer and his spouse had been bodily threatened and had been advised that authorities would kill their youngsters ought to they utter a phrase about what was witnessed earlier that day.

Roswell fireman Dan Dwyer (left) and his crew within the mid-Fifties. Credit score: Don Schmitt

George Wilcox

The Roswell incident left an impression on all these concerned, particularly then-Roswell sheriff, George Wilcox. Simply earlier than Wilcox’s widow Inez handed away, she associated a narrative to her granddaughter Barbara, who since handed on the story: “The occasion shocked [George]. He by no means wished to be sheriff once more after that. My grandmother stated, ‘Don’t inform anyone. When the incident occurred, the army police got here to the jailhouse and advised George and I that if we ever advised something concerning the incident, not solely would we be killed, however our total household could be killed!”’ Barbara provides, “They known as my grandfather, and somebody got here and advised him concerning the crash. He went on the market to the location; there was an enormous burned space, and he noticed particles. There have been 4 area beings. Their heads had been massive. They wore fits like silk. One of many ‘little males’ was alive.” Inez Wilcox reiterated to Barbara that her and George took the threats very severely and stored the data from the household.

Sergeant Homer G. Rowlette

Sergeant Homer Rowlette in 1947. Gave a loss of life mattress confession of being a part of the clean-up crew. Credit score: U.S. Military/Don Schmitt

Sergeant Homer G. Rowlette, Jr., was a member of the 603rd Air Engineering Squadron on the RAAF in 1947. He was a profession army man and retired as an NCO after twenty-six years of devoted service to his nation. Earlier than passing away in March 1988, he lastly conveyed to his son, Larry the next startling details about his involvement with the “crash of the flying saucer.” Rowlette was a part of a cleanup element despatched to the crash website north of Roswell. Larry was advised that his father had seen all the pieces. He dealt with the “reminiscence materials,” which based on Homer, was “skinny foil that stored its form.” If that wasn’t sufficient, he described the precise ship, which was “considerably round.” He additionally caught his son utterly unexpectedly when he introduced, “I noticed three little folks. They’d massive heads and at the least one was alive!”

Grasp Sergeant Harry Telesco

Corroboration of Rowlette’s story has come from one other member of the identical squadron additionally stationed at Roswell at the moment. Grasp Sergeant Harry Telesco had already handed away, after I positioned and contacted his household in 2007. In accordance with his daughter, her late father had spoken a few years in the past of being on the crash website north of city and seeing the unusual wreckage and little our bodies there. He additionally testified that he had seen one which was nonetheless alive.

Richard Loveridge

In 1947, Richard Loveridge labored as a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Plane Firm and was a part of their crash-investigation crew. When data got here in concerning the crash of an plane exterior of Roswell, Loveridge drove to the realm believing it was one in every of their planes. It could not be till the final yr of his life in 1993 that he would lastly confess to his household concerning the true nature of the alleged “airplane” crash. The Boeing crash investigator admitted that he “noticed all the pieces.” He noticed the wreckage, which was not from a standard plane, in addition to three small, deceased “entities” and one which was nonetheless alive. Loveridge described them as “child-size” and “grayish” in coloration. He refused to elaborate any additional to his household: “Don’t ask me any extra about this. They’ll harm you.”

Ervin Boyd

Ervin Boyd labored as a B-29 mechanic on the Roswell Military Airfield (RAAF) in 1947; he labored particularly in Hangar P3, which might later be referred to as Constructing 84. On the actual day in query, Boyd was taking a cigarette break on what he known as a “sizzling summer season day,” and the doorways of the hangar had been open on each ends of the constructing. As quickly as he stepped exterior the hangar doorways, he noticed quite a lot of males and autos swarming in the direction of the constructing. Startled by the scenario, he shortly observed that a few of the males had been carrying what he first thought was the physique of a kid. “Why didn’t they take it to the hospital?” he requested himself. As they handed by him, he was shocked to see that it was one thing else.

“It was child-size, 4 ft, perhaps slightly extra, and a head that was bigger than one on a standard physique. The eyes had been walnut-shaped and likewise bigger than regular. From my angle, it didn’t appear to be it had a lot of a nostril. The arms had been a bit longer too, and the pores and skin was ashy, grey and type of scaly. I imagine it was nonetheless alive.”

Immediately, quite a lot of officers grabbed Boyd and rushed him away from the realm and began to get bodily tough with him. One in every of them sternly acknowledged, “Mr. Boyd, you didn’t see something.” However, the civilian continued. Lastly, he was warned that if he ever stated yet another phrase, not solely would he lose his job, however the lives of his spouse and kids could be at stake. It could not be till he suffered a stroke twenty-four years later that he would lastly break his silence together with his household.

Military Roswell clear up crews from the Roswell film. Credit score: Paul Davies


Joseph Montoya

That very same afternoon, Monday, July 7, 1947, New Mexico’s newly elected thirty-two-year-old lieutenant governor, Joseph Montoya, was in Roswell. It isn’t solely clear how the politician got here to be on the bottom on the RAAF on the precise day as a few of the our bodies, together with the attainable survivor from the crash. One attainable situation is that he was there on Independence Day weekend for the dedication of a brand new airplane, and after the ceremony he was escorted over to the B-29 hangar simply as the primary army autos had been bearing down with their “out-of-this-world” cargo.

Montoya would confide to shut associates that he had seen “4 little males.” He described how small they had been, together with the beautiful incontrovertible fact that “one was alive!” Montoya painted the beings as, “brief, solely coming as much as my chest. [They were] skinny with large eyes formed like tear-drops. [The] mouth was actual small, like a knife-cut throughout a chunk of wooden, they usually had massive heads.”

Subsequent, he described the scene contained in the hangar. Every of the little males, together with the one which was alive, was stretched out on a desk introduced over from the mess corridor and arrange for that objective. “I knew that one was alive as a result of I might hear it moaning.” Montoya stated that it was shifting, with its knee bent and rocking forwards and backwards

After a frantic exit from the hangar, Montoya was picked up and pushed from the bottom by associates. Montoya would all the time warn that “It’s too harmful to speak about.” Even years later, he would proceed to warning that “the federal government will get you.”     

“Eli” Benjamin   

Non-public firstclass Eli Benjamin in 1947. He escorted the our bodies from hanger P-3 to the RAAF base hospital. Credit score: U.S. Military/Don Schmitt

One other man who himself admits to having seen our bodies was Elias “Eli” Benjamin (a pseudonym).  His spouse advised me a lot concerning the incident, however it could be a number of years earlier than Eli would inform me himself. As a retired profession U.S. Air Drive man, Benjamin feared for his pension—and nonetheless does—if he ever talked about Roswell. Benjamin and his spouse had come to the Worldwide UFO Museum and Analysis Heart in Roswell in 2002 to see the displays. Towards her husband’s needs, Mrs. Benjamin stopped into the museum director’s workplace to inform somebody about her husband. After listening to Mrs. Benjamin’s story, particularly the half about our bodies and the hospital, Julie Shuster, the museum director, felt {that a} non-public interview with Mr. Benjamin was warranted. It was quickly obvious, nonetheless, that there was a significant downside: Mr. Benjamin was nowhere to be discovered. He had left the constructing, when he noticed his spouse and the director trying round for him—he was a reluctant witness, to place it mildly.

Since that day, I’ve managed to trace down the previous member of the 390th Air Service Squadron and meet with him half a dozen instances to attempt to acquire his confidence. Within the course of, I discovered that Benjamin’s principal worry, much like so many others who had been and are reluctant Roswell witnesses, was his perception that he, as a retired air drive veteran, would possibly lose his pension if he stated something about these long-ago occasions. I assured Benjamin that I knew of no cases in any way of somebody dropping his pension for speaking about Roswell. Moreover, the secretary of the air drive issued a proclamation in 1994 that absolved anybody with data concerning the Roswell incident who believed that they had been nonetheless topic to safety or secrecy oaths concerning the matter. The opposite factor I observed was that Benjamin was nonetheless deeply moved, if not troubled, by what he witnessed again in 1947, and he broke down in tears on a number of events when speaking to me about it. His spouse additionally revealed that her husband nonetheless has hassle sleeping comfortably and continued to get up instantly in the midst of the evening, shaking. In 2005, the eighty-year-old Eli Benjamin agreed to inform his story.

In July 1947, Eli Benjamin was a personal firstclass with the 390th Air Service Squadron on the Roswell Military Air Subject. Possessing a high secret clearance, Non-public First Class Benjamin was licensed to offer safety assist for probably the most extremely categorized operations of the 509th Bomb Group—the primary atomic-bomb wing on the planet. Along with his major job of guarding the B-29 Bombers, one in every of his secondary duties was that of a restoration specialist, which concerned the grim actions related to the aftermath of airplane crashes.

On the morning of Monday, July 7, 1947, Benjamin walked again to his barracks after an evening of guard responsibility on the flight line adopted by breakfast at mess corridor.   “One thing’s occurring” he thought to himself, as he stood at consideration and saluted the enjoying of the nationwide anthem and morning flag-raising ritual on the base headquarters on the south finish of the esplanade. He knew that the bottom commander, Colonel William Blanchard, usually held his weekly employees conferences on Tuesday mornings, however on at the present time, Benjamin thought there have been too many employees vehicles and different autos parked within the headquarters parking zone for an everyday employees assembly. When Benjamin lastly arrived again at his barracks, “Phrase was given to my squadron to be on the alert for particular responsibility,” he stated. Such was life within the 509th and the Strategic Air Command and sleep after his lengthy shift must stay a secondary consideration. The phrase lastly discovered Benjamin: “Benjamin! Get your gun and report back to hangar P-3 for guard responsibility.”

Upon arriving on the B-29 hangar to report back to the officer in cost, Benjamin walked right into a commotion on the principal entrance of the constructing. Quite a few army police had been attempting to restrain the very officer from whom Benjamin was presupposed to get his responsibility directions. The lieutenant colonel was clearly experiencing an emotional response to the scenario at hand, which appeared to be the switch of quite a lot of gurneys over to the bottom hospital. One other officer shortly pointed to Benjamin and ordered him to finish the project.

Whereas within the course of, one thing underneath one of many sheets protecting every litter gave the impression to be shifting. Then, as every of the stretchers was loaded into the again of a ready ambulance truck, a sheet fell away revealing the grayish face and swollen, hairless head that clearly was not human.

Surviving Roswell alien from the Roswell film. Credit score: Paul Davies

The army police orders had been to ship the cargo to the bottom hospital emergency room (Constructing 317) and stay there till relieved. As soon as on the medical facility, a half-dozen hospital personnel and males in fits took management of 1 particular gurney. All eyes had been on the lined arrival as they eliminated the sheet from a being with an over-sized head, which had massive, slanted eyes, two holes instead of a nostril, and a slit for a mouth. For quite a lot of moments all surrounding the affected person simply stood staring with mouths agape. It was alive. Because the final of the gurneys was wheeled in, Benjamin and the opposite army police had been instantly dismissed, despatched again to their squadrons, and sworn to secrecy. They had been advised the incident by no means occurred.

Sixty-three years after the occasion, the fog of time prevents Eli Benjamin from recalling the names or faces of the opposite males assigned to “escort responsibility” that day. They might properly have been from different squadrons on the bottom and even from different bases introduced in from exterior (referred to as augmentation troops) to stop the evaluating of notes afterward.

For her half, Mrs. Benjamin confirms her husband’s account of his involvement within the Roswell occasions of July 1947. She additional states that he confided the story to her with the promise that she would by no means inform anybody else. Eli’s recollections of that evening—seeing the swollen face and slanted eyes of the “species”—stay with, and hang-out, him to at the present time.

Roy Musser

Roy Musser occurred to be on the base that afternoon. He was a civilian contractor portray a part of the hospital. Working within the rear, the place the loading dock space was positioned, he claimed to have seen the arrival of the small our bodies and the “creature.” Apparently unhurt, he noticed it strolling and stated it regarded like a “very slender baby.”

The army warned Musser that he was by no means to say what he had seen to anybody or he and his household could be in jeopardy. Musser stored quiet for quite a lot of years earlier than relating the expertise to fireman Dan Dwyer.

Miriam “Andrea” Bush

All army hospital directors had their very own secretary. Within the case of Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Warne, his was a twenty-seven-year-old civilian lady named Miriam “Andrea” Bush. Miriam was a graduate of New Mexico State Faculty at Las Cruces, the place she had majored in enterprise administration. She additionally had a high safety job on the base hospital. However none of her prior experiences ready her for what she was about to see.

As she was performing routine duties on the hospital, Dr. Warne took her by the arm and quietly talked about that she ought to accompany him to the examination room. Upon getting into, she was instantly stunned to look at quite a lot of our bodies on gurneys in the midst of the room. At first she thought they had been youngsters based mostly on their dimension. Their pores and skin was grayish to brown in tone, and white linens lined most of every physique. However the heads had been too massive to be youngsters and had massive staring eyes. Abruptly, one in every of them moved. Miriam would always remember what she had seen that day in Roswell.

Miriam Bush and her sister-in-law Pat Bush within the Eighties. Miriam claims to have seen the alien our bodies on the RAAF base hospital. Credit score: Don Schmitt

What Turned of the Surviving Alien?

So far there stays no eyewitness testimony as to what finally turned of the survivor and the way it was transported from Roswell. There may be dependable data, nonetheless, that the being did spend a while at Wright Patterson Air Drive Base and was nonetheless there as much as 9 months later in 1948.

Wright Subject, 1947, the place the survivor from Roswell was reportedly taken for research. Credit score: U.S. Military/Don Schmitt

Whereas on his deathbed in 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Marion Magruder, a extremely embellished World Struggle II flying ace, swore to his 5 sons that, whereas with the Struggle Faculty, he was assigned to Wright Patterson Air Drive Base in April 1948 and allowed to briefly see the “stay alien” at the moment. He and the others in his firm had been instructed that the being was recovered from the crash in Roswell simply the yr earlier than. His description was much like all the opposite eye-witnesses. He emphasised that there was no query that it “got here from one other planet.”

As one of many personnel on the RAAF as soon as remarked, “They certain weren’t from Texas.” And in the identical vein, they weren’t from Japan, Germany, or anyplace else on Earth. That’s one challenge the entire witnesses stay unanimous on.


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