Dr. Jesse A. Marcel, Jr.
2008 PRG Disclosure Award

Jesse Marcel, Jr. is the son of the first military officer on the scene of the Roswell UFO crash of 1947 and is the most recognized first-hard witness to the events of that time.    His father, Jesse Marcel Sr., reported bringing home parts of the wreckage the he and Jesse, Jr. examined.   This wreckage included a piece of metal that when balled up or it's shape was changed it would expand back to it's original form as well as several structural pieces known as” I- beams” which had hieroglyphic symbols.

He has steadfastly repeated his recollection of that time in numerous interviews and wrote about his experiences then and since in the book, The Roswell Legacy.  He is one of 200 witnesses to the events of July 1947, but his story has received international attention in no small part because Dr. Marcel, Jr. has led an exemplary life and his integrity is without question.

Education:  His pre-med undergraduate work was accomplished at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana followed by LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, Louisiana graduating in July of 1961 with a degree in medicine.   His internship was done at the Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Marcel joined the US Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Renville (APA 227) and shortly there after participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis attached to combat units as member of ship's company.  The Renville then sailed for West Pac and then to the South East Pacific Area where it participated in combat training in case of enemy attack on the ship.  After the West Pac tour, he completed specialty training in Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California.  He retired from the Navy in July of 1971 and entered private practice in Helena, Montana.   He then joined the Montana Army National Guard in 1973, went through helicopter flight training as a flight surgeon at Ft. Rucker, Alabama earning his wings in 1981.  During his career in the National Guard, he was appointed State Surgeon of the State of Montana and retired from the military the second time in August of 1996 on his 60th birthday.  Dr. Marcel was called back to active duty in Iraq in October of 2004 shortly after his 68th birthday and consequently served as a flight surgeon for the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion flying 225 hrs of combat while in country being discharged again from active duty in December of 2005 to the Ready Reserve.

He currently employed as a specialist in Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Ft. Harrison, Montana.

Published Book
The Roswell Legacy (2007)

Principal Website
Jesse Marcel, Jr.  www.jmarceljr.com

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