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Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 08:33:01 EDT
Archived: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 13:01:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There


>From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 13:23:14 -0700
>Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

>>From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 12:14:12 EDT
>>Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

>>I spoke with Milton Sprouse, the Roswell soldier. He appears in
>>the Yearbook three times, which means he was in Roswell at the
>>right time.

<snip>

>>He told me he is 86 but you couldn't tell that by talking to
>>him. He seemed very sharp. He said that he knew Ramey, Blanchard
>>and Marcel (which seems a bit of a stretch) and that he was in
>>Roswell for ten years. He said the crash was often discussed
>>among the enlisted soldiers. And, no, he doesn't believe that
>>it was a weather balloon.

<snip>

>A minor point: Two of the pictures may be the same, but are used
>in a different context. One use is Sprouse in his 1947 unit, the
>830th Bomb Squadron (engineer). The other is at the front of the
>yearbook (p. 10) with a small group of men listed as the "Ye
>Olde Men of the 509th", i.e., a small cadre of men at Roswell
>who had been with the 509th since its origins in 1944 (19 men
>are so pictured).

>A history of the 509th immediately precedes these photos. It
>notes that following the dropping of the A-bombs on Japan and
>the subsequent post-war demobilization, the 509th was reduced to
>a "mere skeleton of men and equipment" by January 1946, when the
>orders to commence Operation Crossroads (Bikini A-bomb tests)
>came through and the 509th had to quickly rebuild in
>preparation.

>The point I want to make here is that one of the "key personnel"
>noted in the history in the rebuilding effort was Jesse Marcel
>among this 1946 509th "skeleton" staff, which would have also
>included "old man" Sprouse.

>So Sprouse knowing Jesse Marcel being a "stretch"? Under the
>circumstances, I think it would have been more of a stretch if
>Sprouse didn't know Marcel.

List, All -

I knew this would be misunderstood the moment that I hit the
send button. Sprouse would have "known" all three (Marcel, Ramey
and Blanchard) meaning that as officers in important positions
he would have known who they were. However, his suggestion to me
that he knew them well, implying he had some sort of personal
relationship is something of a stretch. He was a crew chief on a
B-29, he would have been briefed by the intelligence officer
prior to various types of missions and would have interacted, in
that capacity with, at least, Marcel and Blanchard. He seemed to
suggest that he was friends with them, and that, I believe is
something of a stretch, given the time and positions of them
all.

This, I think, is more of a discussion of semantics... and a
relatively unimportant one at that. Would Sprouse have know each
of these officers... probably. Would he have interacted with
them? Maybe... Marcel surely, but Blanchard and Ramey? That's
problematic. Would he have known them? Yes. Would they have
known him? Maybe not.


KRandle



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