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Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:03:44 -0500
Archived: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:54:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 12:05:03 EST
>Subject: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>List, All,

>Over the years, the skeptics, the debunkers, and even the Air
>Force has scoffed at the idea that some of the witnesses who
>have claimed to seen the craft or the bodies at Roswell would
>have been in a position to do so. Maybe the best example of this
>is Melvin Brown who was assigned to the 509th Bomb Group in July
>1947 as a cook. The question they ask is, "Why would a cook be
>out on guard duty?"

>Many might think this is a fair question, but what it reveals is
>a lack of understanding of military doctrine. It is a question
>that can be answered easily by those who have some knowledge of
>the way the military functions.

>Let me point out that my Officers Advance Course in the Army was
>in Military Police. We learned the doctrine and we practiced the
>doctrine. During that training, I served as the company
>commander for an exercise that tested the capability of a
>military police company to function in a large and hostile
>environment. Not only was the company tasked with guarding the
>division TOC - Tactical Operations Center - guarding the
>prisoners of war, protecting the bridges in the area, manning
>checkpoints, but also patrolling a large area. Clearly a company
>did not have sufficient assets for all these missions, and
>ignoring some of the tasking was not an option.

>Following doctrine that was more than sixty years-old, I
>requested the band and all the support personnel I could get.
>This assumes that all enlisted soldiers have attended basic
>training which teaches fundamental soldiering skills including
>marksmanship, care of the weapon, walking a post - guarding -
>various structures or areas, and the basics of patrolling. In
>other words, everyone who was an enlisted soldier in the Army
>had been through this training. Many of the officers, depending
>on the source of the commission also had attended similar

>This means that band members, maintenance personnel and even
>cooks, have this basic knowledge and would be capable of
>guarding a hangar or running a checkpoint along a road,
>especially if that road was in New Mexico and not in hostile

>Now, in July 1947, the 509th had two units tasked with MP
>functions. The MP company took take of patrolling the downtown
>streets and the like. The 390rd Air Service Squadron was tasked
>with functions on the base such as guarding the restricted areas
>and the like. Edwin Easley told me about the breakdown of
>functions. Off post it was the MPs, basically and on post it
>was the Service Squadron.

>When they were further tasked with guarding and protecting the
>recovered material, whatever that material might have been, they
>did not have the option of abdicating their other, now lower
>priority missions. That meant, for those few days in July, they
>had to fulfill their regular duties plus supply men to guard the
>debris field and impact site, or sites, man the checkpoints on
>the roads leading to the various sites, and preform extra guard
>details on the base.

>This means that they would have swept up all those whose jobs
>would allow them to miss a few days and if they found some cooks
>who weren't necessary to the functioning of the mess halls,
>well, they would have been grabbed. It means, quite simply, that
>inside of military doctrine, there was no reason to exclude
>Brown simply because he was a cook. First and foremost he was a
>soldier and would be expected to perform those tasks with a
>certain degree of professionalism.

>So, when we learn that a soldier who was clearly in Roswell at
>the proper time was pulled from one duty and assigned another,
>it is not outside the realm of possibility. The only people who
>seem to reject this idea are those who have not service or who
>do not understand military doctrine.



Very interesting observations.

When I enlisted in the Air Force in 1949 it was only recently a
separate service from the Army. My basic training at Lackland
AFB, Texas, included all of the doctrine Kevin describes.

Although my formal designation turned out to be Clerk, Non-
Typist, and I was a lowly enlisted man, I qualified as Marksman
on the Caliber .30 Carbine, could field strip and reassemble it
blindfolded, learned the protocols for guarding buildings, etc.

Fortunately for me I managed to avoid being sent to Korea and
pressed into such service.

I later learned that one of my buddies was killed in combat on
the ground when an Air Force base in Korea was overrun by
infantry. I never learned the details, but most likely he was
performing guard duty at the time.

Because of troop shortages early in the Korean War, we (the Air
Force trainees) received quasi-infantry training including gas
attack drills, throwing hand grenades, and firing a Thompson
submachine gun.


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