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Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 18:44:08 -0500
Archived: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 07:58:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>From: Kevin Randle <krandle993.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:27:31 -0500
>Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>I think we have gotten a little deep into the weeds as we say in
>the Army. The point I was attempting to make was that Melvin
>Brown, simply because he was a cook was not disqualified from
>being assigned to guard duty at some point. I was suggesting
>that the MPs would be required to continue their normal duties
>whether it was patrolling in town, guarding the air base,
>guarding the bomb pits or hangars, or anything else that
>required it. Now, they were suddenly tasked with additional
>assignments which could have overwhelmed their ability to
>respond. Jan Aldrich didn't like my quoting doctrine about this,
>but this is where we turn in this circumstance. Doctrine tells
>us who would be pressed into service for these additional


>I have been quite interested in the take of everyone about this,
>and surprised at the tone of some of the responses. But I think
>we need to get out of the weeds at this point.


I do not dispute that all soldiers are basic infantry soldiers
due to basic training. As someone pointed out to me privately,
Westmoreland made many replacement infantry despite their MOS.

However, this is a garrison operation in the USA, not overseas
during WWII or RVN.

As a practical matter cooks do not go on guard duty. Of course,
you can always feed field rations, however, food keeps coming
into the installation unless it is stopped in advance due to
field training That is why cooks cook. Believe me I have sat
through numerous staff meeting where the mess hall head count
was a topic for discussion.

My question to you is when, if ever, have you seen cooks on
guard or other duties in a garrison situation?

Your comment that skeptics had objections to Brown's story was
what triggered my comment. Why did skeptics have to bring it up
at all? Why wouldn't an investigator question this himself?

As with the radar story at the beginning of your book. The whole
idea of Air Defense being able to take over operation of other
command's radar presents problems.  Most of these radars at
White Sands were crew served and can't be operated by one
man...The idea that an explosion can be seen on radar presents
problems depending on the radar.  McCoy tried to get interceptor
and radar support for Project SIGN but was rebuffed due to the
inadequate training, readiness or commitment of radar systems.

Hauling cargo in ambulance is contrary to policy, but am sure
you can get some fellow to jump in here with a thrid hand story
that his grandfather used an ambulance to haul brandy for
General Patton in his ambulance.  Ambulances haul medical TOE
equipment, medics personal gear, and patients. If there were
debris it should have been on other vehicles.

Certainly these above problems that investigators should have
recognized, and at the very least, commented on the problem
instead of waiting for skeptics to bring up.

Kaufman's story didn't impress me either, someone running around
with supposedly classified documents giving out little hints
here and there, but not letting anyone see the documents. That
seemed fishy. Great for a television program. The press at the
50th Roswell anniversary seemed to take Kaufman the most
serious. I didn't.

Jan Aldrich

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