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Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:47:26 -0800
Archived: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:01:54 -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

>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?"


>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.

A few more minor points. Brown's military record shows that he
was rated an expert marksman and also received a Bronze star for
service during WWII in the South Pacific. I doubt Brown got his
Bronze star for his cooking. Obviously Brown knew one end of a
gun barrel from the other. Cooks get straffed and shelled along
with the regular infantry during wartime and may need to shoot

In the case of Roswell, an extended recovery operation might
also require cooks in the field to feed the other soldiers. The
base yearbook shows 65 people in K-Squadron. The rest of the
base was still going to be fed if a few were sent elsewhere. I
also see no reason why a cook couldn't pull double duty:
sometimes cooking, the rest of the time guarding.

Really, just how hard would it be to guard something anyway? You
have a gun and if somebody approaches who shouldn't be there,
like a neighboring rancher or ranch kid, you tell them to go
away, or else. I suspect a cook who had been in WWII combat
zones could manage that.

Let us also not forget that Brown's story was by no means
unique. Others beside Brown spoke of guarding the crash sites or
base hangar and seeing bodies. And various people seem to have
been pressed into guard duty, when normally that wasn't their

E.g., Sgt. Thomas Gonzales of T or Tech Squadron said he helped
guard the site where there were craft and bodies.

Cpl.William Quigley of the 393th Bomb Squadron said he was made
to stand guard at a B-29 that was being loaded over a bomb pit
under high secrecy, something that would normally be handled by
the MPs - i.e., when loading a nuke. He said this was the only
time in his life when he was ever asked to guard anything. The
other guards were two officers and another enlisted man, all of
whom held the highest security clearances. This seems to have
been the loading of the B-29 with a large crate in the bomb bay,
that flew with an armed guard to Fort Worth, and was greeted
there by a mortician.

One of the crew members on that flight - probably Lloyd Thompson
- later wrote George Filer and reported:

"Sometime afterwards, about three to six months later, the wives
began talking among themselves about the cleanup detail. This
originated from the wives of men on that duty. One such was a
neighbor of ours in July 1947. They moved across town, but I
would sometimes see him and I ask him what he had seen out
there. He was upset and told me, "You don't want to know." I
think he was a baker because he would leave for work in the
early morning, like 0130 hours. A time or two when I'd come in
from a late flight he would be standing on the corner waiting
for a ride. They did not own a car. Based on the wives' gossip we
heard that he had seen a body."

This sounds very much like cook Melvin Brown, or maybe one of
his co-workers.

David Rudiak

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