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Jesse Marcel Jr. Passes

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:06:57 -0400
Archived: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:06:57 -0400
Subject: Jesse Marcel Jr. Passes

Source: Kevin Randle's A Different Perspective Blog


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jesse Marcel Has Died

Just minutes ago I received some very sad news. Jesse Marcel,
Jr. died of a heart attack on August 24. He was alone, at home,
apparently reading a UFO book when he died.

I have known Jesse for more than a quarter century. I first met
him while we both were in Roswell to film a segment for the old
Unsolved Mysteries that aired on NBC. We had gone out to dinner
with a number of those in town for the program and since we
shared a military background, including that of Army Aviation,
we connected immediately. As medical doctor, he was trained as a
flight surgeon and I, of course, had been a helicopter pilot.

From that point I met him quite a few times as we both explored
the Roswell UFO crash case. He, as a young man, boy really, of
eleven was exposed to metallic debris that his father had
brought home late that July night. He told the story to all who
would listen with little in the way of variation.

I learned of the special bond he’d had with his father. He told
me that that one day, he had asked his father what the atomic
bomb looked like and Jesse, Sr. had drawn a picture of “Fat
Man.” He then shredded it and burned the pieces. Although
reluctant to share they story outside a small circle of friends,
he did mention it at the Citizen Hearing in Washington this last

Over the years, I had the opportunity to interact with Jesse and
never had reason to doubt his sincerity. He truly believed that
he had handled material made on another planet and might have
the first person in modern history to have seen writing created
on another world. He had small, replica I-beams made with those
symbols on it, and while it is just a replica, it is a very
interesting one.

But what I think of mostly, these days is his military service.
He had retired from the Montana National Guard as a colonel but
was recalled to active duty for service in Iraq. Before he
deployed, he asked me if he should take a personal computer with
him and I said it had been the best investment I had made, if
only for the DVD player in it.

His service there seems to have affected him more deeply than
did mine. He spent a year there treating those who needed his
help, but came back suffering from PTSD. The deployment cost him
his medical practice because he could no longer trust his hands.
Loud, sudden noises caused him to jump. He was more on edge,
nervous, than he had been before going to Iraq. It was something
that the government failed to recognize in the way they should
have. He was a patriot who served without complaint, did what
was asked of him and made the sacrifices he had to make.

I last saw Jesse in Washington, D.C. in May. He was there with
several family members and offered his story to the former
representatives and senators. They all seemed captivated by what
he said, probably because he was one of the few first-hand
witnesses to some of the Roswell events present. While many of
us could talk of what we had been told by witnesses over the
years, Jesse could talk about what he had seen and done
personally in July 1947. He handled the debris.

He did call the International UFO Museum in Roswell this year
telling them that this would probably be the last year he could
attend. His health, while seeming not all that bad, did limit
what he could do and how far he could travel. I suspect that he
thought his health would deteriorate making a trip to Roswell
extremely difficult if not impossible in the near future.

Jesse was a friend and a fellow warrior. I always believed that
he understood more about my service in foreign lands because he
shared those experiences. We connected on a level that others
could not because of that military experience. Though we were
never in the war zones at the same time, we did see many of the
same places under similar circumstances. He served when he was
needed, helped those who needed it, and contributed to our

I know that I will miss him, though not as much as his family

[Thanks to Robert Hastings for the lead]

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