Jesse Marcel, III (Grandson of Major Jesse Marcel)
9.13 – Beyond Roswell (8.19.16)
A Different Perspective
A Commentary on UFOs, Paranormal events, and related topics.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Jesse Marcel’s Journal
As you all know, one of the problems with the Roswell case is that we have been unable to find any letters, diaries, journals, or notes that were written in 1947 that would tell us about the crash…Christina Stock reported in the Roswell Daily Record, that Marcel Sr. might just have left that sort of documentation…Jesse Marcel III, the grandson of Jesse Sr. and son of Jesse Sr., announced that they had found a “treasure trove” of documents relating to his grandfather’s military service, including a journal kept by the senior Marcel. 
LT. COL. (RET.) JESSE MARCEL, SR.
Jesse Antoine Marcel was born May 27, 1907 to Theodule and Adelaide Marcel in Terrebonne Parrish, Louisiana. He apparently spent his whole youth there, as he graduated from Terrebonne High School. After high school, he worked as a draftsman for the Louisiana Dept of Transportation, the US Army Corps of Engineers, then for the Shell Oil Company as a cartographer, specializing in making maps from aerial photography. Along the way, he served two three-year enlistments in the National Guard—In Louisiana from 1925 through 1928 then in Texas from 1936 through 1939.
He and his family (wife and one son, Jesse A. Marcel Jr.) were living in Houston TX when WWII broke out, and in March 1942 at the age of 35, he applied for and was given a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force. Based on his experience in mapping and analyzing aerial photography, the Army sent him off to Harrisburg, PA for training as an Combat Photo Interpreter/ Intelligence Officer.
Jesse did well in intelligence school—well enough that his next assignment was to be an instructor at this school. Eventually the Army granted his request for combat, and in October of 1943, 1st Lieutenant Marcel found himself assigned to the 5th Bomber Command in the southwest Pacific Theater. For the next two years, Marcel fought the war first as a Squadron Intelligence Officer then Group Intelligence Officer, participating in several campaigns that resulted in the retaking of the Philippines Islands.
During his combat tour, Jesse performed his duties well. His commanders rewarded his work and abilities with two Air Medals, the Bronze Star, a promotion to Captain, and then to Major in May, 1945.
Just before the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, Major Marcel was sent back to the States to get training in the use of Airborne Terrain Mapping Radar systems.
With the war over, Marcel was reassigned in January, 1946 to the 509th Composite Group at the Roswell Army Air Force Base (The 509th later became the 509th Bombing Group and then, with the separation of the Army Air Corp as the U.S. Air Force, the 509th Bombing Wing.) In July 1947, Marcel briefly found himself the center of attention when he brought in the debris of a “Flying Disk” that Mac Brazel had found on Foster’s Ranch.
In August 1948, he was transferred to the Strategic Air Command, where he was eventually put in charge of a Pentagon briefing room for the Air Force Office of Atomic Energy (AFOAT-1). There his responsibilities were to make sure that materials (charts, illustrations, etc) were produced and ready on schedule, and to maintain the organization of the briefing room staff.
In January 1949, he signed a statement that he fully intended to continue his career in the Air Force, but in the following year he received word that his elderly mother required assistance that his sister could not provide. His request for a hardship release from active duty was granted, so in July 1950 he returned to Houma, Louisiana There, he drew on his long time hobby in Ham Radio to become an Electronic Repairman, specializing in Televisions, Transmitters and Receivers. When he was released from active duty, his commission (as a Lieutenant Colonel) was transferred to the Air Force Reserves, and he eventually received his full discharge in 1958. Jesse Marcel died in 1986 at the age of 79.
Jesse, in spite of his claim that he was under orders to never, ever talk about his role in the alien disk recovery, occasionally did let on to others that that he had been once involved in a UFO recovery. In 1978, one of his Ham Radio correspondents mentioned Jesse’s story to Stanton Friedman, a UFO researcher, and this led to telling his story of the Flying Disk to the world. 
DR. JESSE MARCEL, JR.
Following the United States declaration of war on Japan in December 1941, Jesse Jr.’s father, Jesse Marcel Sr., commission into the U.S. Army Air Corps an intelligence officer. Assigned to the 509th Bomb Group, he served in the Pacific Theater of operations and played an integral role in planning the group’s decisive nuclear strike sorties over Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the war.
After his combat tour in the Pacific, then-Maj. Jesse Marcel Sr. and his family were reassigned to Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF), N.M., in the mid-1940s. It was during this assignment in July 1947, that an unidentified flying object crashed on a local ranch outside RAAF, prompting the RAAF base commander to deploy Marcel Sr. to investigate the wreckage with a fellow Army counterintelligence agent.
First on the crash scene, Marcel loaded some of the unknown wreckage into his vehicle and drove it home to show to Jesse Jr. in the middle of the night. Young Jesse Marcel Jr., aged 10, along with this father, attempted to identify the wreckage, but could not make sense of the advanced, state-of-the-art material they had handled what followed became history. The U.S. Army Air Corps issued a press release on July 8, 1947, that a “flying saucer” had been recovered. This unprecedented news release generated such a dramatic response from the nation that the U.S. Army Air Corps retracted the statement and issued a press release the following day that a weather balloon had been recovered. Marcel Sr., along with all involved in the recovery, was ordered to sign a nondisclosure statement and never speak of the incident again. He kept this secret until the 1970s, when he and Jesse Jr. decided to speak publicly to end what they perceived as a military cover-up and grave injustice to the American people.
Working with Stanton Friedman, Kevin Randall, Don Schmitt and Steven Bassett, Marcel Jr. gave hundreds of lectures, radio and television interviews, and published a 2007 book titled “The Roswell Legacy,” which attested to what he and his father had witnessed that night at Roswell in July 1947. Until their deaths, both Jesse Sr. and Jesse Jr. maintained that what they witnessed and handled that night at Roswell was “not of this Earth.”
Following in his father’s footsteps, Jesse Jr. joined the U.S. Navy after earning a doctorate in medicine (M.D.) degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1962. He completed his residencies at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego and Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore. Shortly after joining the Navy, Dr. Marcel was assigned to the USS Renville (APA 227) with a U.S. Marine Corps task force positioned off the coast of Cuba in the days leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following the de-escalation of hostilities between the U.S. and Soviet Union in Cuba, the USS Renville was repositioned to Southeast Asia, where then-Lt. (Dr.) Marcel Jr. participated in U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combat operations in Vietnam.
After returning to port in 1968, Marcel began an otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. Completing his residency in 1970, Marcel resigned his commission from the U.S. Navy the following year and returned to private life in Helena to practice medicine.
While serving as an otolaryngology specialist in Helena, Marcel was offered a commission in the Montana Army National Guard in 1971 and was later sent to Rotary Wing Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he earned his U.S. Army aviation wings in 1981. During his distinguished service in the Montana Army National Guard, Marcel was appointed as the Montana state surgeon general and retired at the rank of colonel (O-6) in August 1996 on his 60th birthday.
Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Marcel requested to be reactivated for active duty to serve as a flight surgeon with the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion, based at Fort Harrison. He was called back to active duty in 2004 and deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, for a 14-month tour of duty in October 2004, just after his 68th birthday. While serving at Balad, Marcel flew 225 combat hours as a flight surgeon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of his combat tour, Marcel was discharged again from active duty service in December 2005 and assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve.
After returning from Iraq, Marcel suffered from a series of disabilities incurred during his service there. These disabilities, which ranged from physical maladies to PTSD, drove Jesse into permanent retirement from his medical practice. As a quiet professional, Marcel completed his military service at age 69 and never complained of his disabilities or of the sacrifices he made during his 40 years of service in the U.S. military.
Jesse was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and father-in-law who loved to run, ski and mountain bike. His experiences at Roswell were known throughout the world and his absolute integrity served as an inspiration to hundreds of UFO investigators seeking to uncover the true events that transpired at Roswell in July 1947. He was a quiet and kind-hearted man who dedicated his life to healing others and was among the most humble and accomplished senior military officers anyone has ever met. Truly an officer and a gentleman, Jesse Marcel Jr. will be missed dearly, not only by his family, but by the hundreds around the world that were positively affected by his testimony.